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New York Islanders: Top 5 NHL Ready Prospects

By Matthew Collins
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mathew Barzal poses with team executives after being selected as the number sixteen overall pick to the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) shoots the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) shoots the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Pulock is the most NHL prepared prospect the New York Islanders have in their corps.

He was drafted 15th overall in the 2013 Draft by the Isles, and since then has developed rather quickly. In fact, his progression is so hasty that he actually leap-frogged defensemen Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield in rankings, players who were drafted years ahead of him.

At 6’0″ and 193 lbs he is not the largest defenseman, but definitely packs some serious offensive potential. Even better for the Isles is that he’s a right-handed defenseman, a commodity that many NHL teams are always seeking.

Pulock has already had a taste of NHL life as well. He played in 15 games at the tail end of the season where he racked up two goals and two assists.

But his real potential was on display during the playoffs.

The young and inexperienced player showed he was anything but young and inexperienced. During the first round, he racked up three points in six games and showcased his puck carrying ability and defensive prowess. He displayed flashes of brilliance and confidence on the powerplay, and played big minutes in big moments.

Both Marek Zidlicky and Brian Strait have left the Island. With no replacements brought in via free agency or trades, this leaves one starting spot open, ensuring there is plenty of opportunity for Pulock to earn minutes.

Ryan Pulock will be the prime candidate to earn a starting job come this fall. Be prepared for a new face Isles fans.

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