When was the last time the Red Wings had a true sniper?
I'm serious here.
When you look at the current roster, there's Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Filppula and the list goes on.
But there isn't really a true sniper in the lineup.
In fact, I would argue that there hasn't really been one since Marian Hossa wore a Red Wings uniform and possibly Brendan Shanahan or Brett Hull before Hossa.
Of course I'll get some disagreement when I say this, but the Red Wings need a true sniper, and if you haven't seen "The Holy Slapper" yet (video above), you're missing out on the potential of Teemu Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen has a flat-out laser shot, and he puts it on display in this video and others.
If the Red Wings are a puck-possession team and everyone is a gifted (or semi-gifted) passer, then there has to be someone to put the puck in the net and do so on a regular basis.
Pulkkinen could be that player for the Red Wings in three years, when he has a couple years of AHL experience under his belt.
This season and last, "Pulk" has seen a drop-off in his point production, so that also could be cause for concern for Detroit's management.
Although it would help if he spent less time in the penalty box (29 PIMs in six games this season with just one assist) and more time on the ice, one has to be confident that Pulkkinen will soon return to his old offensive juggernaut self.
If the Red Wings make another Stanley Cup run in five years or so, Pulkkinen could and likely would be the dynamic goal scorer behind their run if he was playing for the Red Wings at that point.