Ryan Pulock
Ryan Pulock
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his first 82-game season, Pulock set career-bests with 37 points, 28 assists and a plus-21 rating in 2018-19. His nine goals were also just one shy of his 10 from 2017-18. He earned Barry Trotz's trust, and the coach rewarded him with 22:22 of ice time per game, which was four minutes more per contest than the previous campaign. Pulock, who turns 25 in October, has a chance to gain even more playing time as he continues to mature, which will give him even more opportunities to post fantasy numbers. He's defensively responsible with a shot good enough to post a 5.0 shooting percentage, making him a candidate for more power-play minutes. The 2013 first-round pick should be a very strong fantasy asset on the blue line this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Islanders in July of 2018.
Solid season
DNew York Islanders
March 28, 2020
Pulock has 10 goals, 25 assists and a rating of plus-8 in 68 games this season.
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Pulock has already tied his career high in goals this season and was well on his way to setting a career high in points before the campaign was suspended. Pulock will be a restricted free agent after the season, but general manager Lou Lamoriello has already stated that he will match any offer that might come the blueliner's way. Pulock should anchor the second pairing for the Isles for years to come.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:24
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:46
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:29
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:24
1:40
0:07
2018–19
22:22
1:53
1:46
2019–20
22:24
1:46
1:29
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Pulock became one of the Islanders most reliable defensemen in his first full season. The club controlled his minutes early on, but turned him loose after January, and he finished with 10 goals and 32 points in just 68 games. In the final 30, Pulock posted six goals and 17 points while averaging more than 20 minutes per contest. He often helped his own cause, averaging a healthy 3.37 shots per game to complement a plus-4 rating. Johnny Boychuk isn't getting any younger, so the Islanders would love Pulock to take on more responsibility and that's great news for his fantasy owners. If Pulock carries his hot finish into the new season, he'll be an excellent complementary blueliner in standard leagues.
Always known to have major offensive upside, Pulock exploded for 15 goals and 46 points in 55 games on AHL Bridgeport's blue line last season, putting the Isles’ 2013 first-round pick squarely on the fantasy radar in deeper and keeper formats. The only thing keeping him away from major relevance for 2017-18 is the flotilla of boring-yet-reliable veterans ahead of him on the depth chart -- enough of them that Pulock may have to continue biding his time in the AHL for a bit longer yet. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Isles tire of having only one reliable source of offense (Nick Leddy) among their defensive corps, and the 22-year-old Pulock fits with the youth movement that’s getting underway in Brooklyn. It’s quite likely that one way or another, room will be made for him on the Islanders’ roster (and power play) at some point this season.
After an accomplished junior hockey career for the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, Pulock had his first full season at AHL Bridgeport cut short by injury, but showed the promise that led to his selection in the first round by the Islanders in 2013. In 54 games for Bridgeport, Pulock scored 17 goals, which led all defenseman on the team, while also chipping in 12 assists. Not even 21 years old, a big-bodied defenseman like Pulock can often take a bit of extra time to develop, but he seems right on schedule. He’ll look to crack the team’s third defensive pairing with Thomas Hickey this season. Even if he fails to earn a roster spot at the beginning of the season, Pulock could still be called upon in the not-too-distant future to bolster the team’s youthful blue line.
After Griffin Reinhart, Pulock is the cream of the crop when it comes to Islander defensive prospects. While Reinhart may end up being the superior overall defender of the pair, Pulock is the one who could end up being the better offensive blueliner, and thus, carry more fantasy upside. Pulock possesses a booming shot, which could be very dangerous on the power play, if and when he’s given the opportunity.
Pulock was the Islanders' first-round draft pick this past July. He projects as a possibly top-four defenseman should he develop, but there are just as many doubters out there whobelieve he will only be a power play specialist. What no one doubts is his shot. It's hard and heavy and will be a weapon if/when he makes his NHL debut.
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Scores against Habs
DNew York Islanders
March 4, 2020
Pulock scored a power-play goal on four shots in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Canadiens.
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Doesn't miss any time
DNew York Islanders
February 10, 2020
Pulock (undisclosed) had an assist and led the team with six shots and five blocks in Monday's 5-3 win over Washington.
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Ready to rock Monday
DNew York Islanders
February 10, 2020
Pulock (undisclosed) will play in Monday's game versus the Capitals, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Exits after late hit
DNew York Islanders
Undisclosed
February 8, 2020
Pulock (undisclosed) exited Saturday's game against the Lightning after a hit late in the third period, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Assist in three straight
DNew York Islanders
February 5, 2020
Pulock recorded an assist and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Stars.
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