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New York Islanders Must Protect Pulock In Expansion Draft

By Matt O'Leary
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 /
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The New York Islanders are going to have to protect Ryan Pulock in the expansion draft next year. This may cause some problems in terms of protecting players.

There seemed to be confusion whether or not Islanders Defenseman Ryan Pulock would have to be protected in the expansion draft. Arthur Staple reported that the the Islanders will have to protect him.

For those unaware there are a few options you can go while protecting players. You can protect 7 Forwards 3 Defenseman and 1 Goalie or you could protect 8 skaters and 1 Goalie.

You would think the Islanders would go the 8 skaters and 1 goalie route in order to protect Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic and Ryan Pulock. Unfortunately that could leave someone like Calvin de Haan to get taken by the Las Vegas.

The downside to this is you can’t protect as many players, but the Islanders don’t want to lose the 21-year old d-man.

That’s why the Islanders should try to move a Defenseman via trade before this happens. Johnny Boychuk has a no movement clause but he would be the one I would want to move, especially due to his age and salary.

If the Islanders could get him to waive his no trade clause then I think he would be the best option to move. Travis Hamonic is still locked up on a team friendly contract, I wouldn’t want to have to move him.

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The Islanders still need to make a trade to improve this years team in my opinion, so if Garth Snow can pull his magic and move someone to prevent the loss of a Brock Nelson or Anders Lee.

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