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.
Grabs assist
DNew York Islanders
October 6, 2019
Pulock had an assist, three shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Jets.
Pulock is on the scoresheet just two games into the season with the helper. The defender can help fantasy owners in many fantasy categories after posting 37 points, 180 shots, 143 hits and 148 blocks while playing in all 82 games last year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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In line for big contract
DNew York Islanders
September 6, 2019
Pulock could be the next Islanders player to receive a significant contract extension, Arthur Staple of the Athletic reports.
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Quiet in playoffs
DNew York Islanders
April 22, 2019
Pulock had one point, an assist, and a rating of plus-3 as the Islanders swept the Penguins in Round 1.
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Still waiting for big leap forward
DNew York Islanders
March 28, 2019
Pulock had three assists in Thursday's 5-4 win over Winnipeg.
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Sets new career high in win
DNew York Islanders
March 11, 2019
Pulock scored his eighth goal of the season in Monday's 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Productive outing in Vancouver
DNew York Islanders
February 23, 2019
Pulock scored his seventh goal of the season in a 4-0 win over the Canucks on Saturday.
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