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REPORT: Sharks Sign Finnish Defenseman Valtteri Pulli



Credit: TPS Turku

The San Jose Sharks have added a defenseman.

And not just top prospect Shakir Mukhamadullin, who they assigned to the San Jose Barracuda today.

BREAKING: Mukhamadullin To Start With Barracuda

According to Ilta Sanomat, the San Jose Sharks have signed 22-year-old Valtteri Pulli to a two-year entry-level contract.

The 6-foot-6 Pulli has three goals and 14 assists in 53 games for TPS Turku this season.

The left-hander also had a contract with TPS next season, so according to NHL-IIHF rules, if he doesn’t make the San Jose Sharks this fall, he will go home.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Pulli is a bit of a late-bloomer, a prospect who was not necessarily on NHL radars at the beginning of this season. But he made a big leap this year, we’ll see if he has another in him.

“Cleaning up his in-zone defence, becoming a more frequent scanner and executor on breakouts and retrievals and leveraging his physicality and reach further as a rush defender,” Elite Prospects’ Lasse Alanen wrote in a detailed Pulli profile, “could go a long way in making Pulli a worthwhile late-bloomer bet.”

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KAT aka KE the original

Any right shot Defensemen play hockey anymore

Last edited 4 days ago by KAT aka KE the original
david barnard

RHD at the top of this next draft are:

Pellikka, Reinbacher, Dragicevic, Akey, Allen, Brzustewicz, and Bonk.

i think the Sharks should hold off til their 2nd rd pick and get a player like Brzustewicz for their RD depth. he’s got decent size and he’s a smart/efficient puck mover that plays a well-rounded game that projects to top 4 D at the NHL level. Akey’s another who should be available early 2nd. Bonk’s more of a defensive d-man probably headed for bottom pairing at RD.

the class is Pellikka, but i don’t think the Sharks should reach on him.

Last edited 3 days ago by david barnard

Super!! Another kid to keep tabs on. This is getting good.


Like the moves


Yay glad we’re still taking flyers on Liiga and SHL guys! Totally underrated moves considering most of the league seems hesitant about it. If he’s free and he might be a bottom of the lineup guy, it’s a great signing.

One guy I’m excited about as silly as it is is the defensman from UConn that the barracuda just signed. Seems like the perfect fit for what we need right now.

Fin Coe

How many contract slots do the Sharks have left?

Kaspar Vivaldi

After Pulli, three left. Don’t forget we moved a heap of minor league players with Timo

timorous me

All part of a plan, methinks. People who act like Grier is some court jester thrown into this role are obviously misguided.

Kaspar Vivaldi

pretty quickly getting rid of Wilson era players and adding much stronger pieces that actually fit organisational needs.


Griersy really shoring up this Defense…I like it. Clearly Defense, and Goaltending has been the weakest part of our game for a few years now. Good to see Grier taking a chance on this guy. His defensive acquisitions have been good, and adding another huge guy at 22 who’s been developing in the right direction is the right gamble to make. Especially since it’s no cost to the pick cupboard! Really like these moves. I would actually be happy if the Sharks used one of their 1st round picks if it meant getting a the top goalie prospect either in… Read more »

Kaspar Vivaldi

Why do that when we can likely get Michael Hrabal with a late 1st or early 2nd. He’s the best goalie in this draft and has elite upside,


Another Dman, shocker!


Ah cool, they “won” the sweepstakes for him. They were talking about it being a thing on 32 thoughts about a month ago and specifically mentioned the Sharks being one of the teams interested in him.


It was in the February 13th episode “Drama in the Desert” 51:50 into the episode. There were a few teams interested in him to varying degrees, some just kicking the tires, some really hot on him. Sharks, Jets, Bruins, Canucks, Preds, Pens, and Islanders were specifically mentioned as having been interested.


We need to grt tougher. Seattle is throwing is aroind like little girls!!


Apparently the only Finnish this team has


This guy is massive at 6 foot 6, he and Shakir would make a massive blue line

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