Ryan Pulock
Ryan Pulock
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Pulock was a consistent producer from the blue line for the Islanders in 2019-20, picking up 10 goals, 25 helpers, eight power-play points and 163 shots on goal while averaging 22:24 of ice time, 1:46 of which came with the man advantage, in a top-pairing role. The 26-year-old blueliner also put up respectable totals in the peripheral categories, registering a plus-8 rating while racking up 110 hits and 139 blocks. Pulock shouldn't have any trouble replicating his double-digit goal, 35-plus point pace while putting up healthy totals across the board in the peripheral categories in 2020-21, making him a solid option in the mid-to-late rounds for fantasy managers looking to add a fourth or fifth defenseman. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Islanders in November of 2020.
Yet to find twine
DNew York Islanders
February 16, 2021
Pulock hasn't scored a goal this season and has just five assists in 14 games.
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This has to be a disappointment for the Islanders, as Pulock was being relied on to provide offense from the point with his big shot. Pulock was also put on the top power-play unit to take advantage of that shot. What also might concern the Islanders is that he averaged 2.4 shots per game last season. This year, however, he's down to 1.86. His ice time has remained stable, and he's seen almost an additional minute of average power-play time, so the decrease in shots should be raising a red flag or two. Perhaps Pulock is just trying too hard to justify his promotion, but if the production doesn't increase, he could see a demotion from the No. 1 power play.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:36
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:29
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
22:22
1:53
1:46
2019–20
22:24
1:46
1:29
2020–21
22:36
2:38
1:29
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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.
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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Good to go
DNew York Islanders
January 30, 2021
Pulock (leg) will play in Saturday's road game against the Flyers, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Deemed game-time call
DNew York Islanders
Leg
January 30, 2021
Pulock (leg) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Flyers, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Able to practice
DNew York Islanders
January 29, 2021
Pulock (leg) was able to practice with the Islanders on Friday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Possible leg injury
DNew York Islanders
Leg
January 28, 2021
Pulock might have suffered a leg injury during a 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Top defender
DNew York Islanders
January 9, 2021
Pulock is the number one defenseman for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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