Ryan Pulock
Ryan Pulock
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Lights lamp twice in OT win
DNew York Islanders
September 26, 2018
Pulock scored twice, once on the power play, in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers in preseason action.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old blueliner has been shining with the man advantage in the preseason, and a consistent role alongside Mathew Barzal and the Islanders' top snipers on the power play -- Pulock averaged only 1:40 in PP time last season -- should allow him to easily surpass the 10 goals and 32 points he scored in 2017-18 in his first full NHL campaign.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Defenseman
NYI RD PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    23:31
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:44
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
3:57
1:02
0:00
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
18:24
1:40
0:07
2018–19
23:31
1:44
2:44
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Tallies game-winner against Flyers
DNew York Islanders
September 21, 2018
Pulock scored the game-winning goal on the power play in a 3-2 preseason victory over the Flyers on Friday.
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Re-signs with the Islanders
DNew York Islanders
July 17, 2018
Pulock inked a two-year deal with the Islanders on Tuesday.
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Receives qualifying offer
DNew York Islanders
June 25, 2018
Pulock was extended a qualifying offer by the Islanders on Monday, Newsday reports.
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Records two points against Wings
DNew York Islanders
April 7, 2018
Pulock scored a power-play goal and added an assist during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Detroit.
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Two power-play goals, nine shots Thursday
DNew York Islanders
March 22, 2018
Pulock scored two power-play goals and fired nine shots on net in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Lightning.
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