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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: The Stanley Cup is displayed during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: The Stanley Cup is displayed during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Ryan Pulock
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Ryan Pulock /

The Kids Have to Be Alright (Defense)

If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m referring to Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock. Less so Adam Pelech. We know what were going to get from Pelech.

A conservative, simple approach to defending the zone and getting the puck out of harm’s way. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s why it’s a team sport, you need guys to perform different tasks.

And that brings me to Ryan Pulock. What he’s going to have to bring, is much like Barzal, secondary scoring, but from the blue line. I don’t mean 20-30 points like Calvin de Haan. I’m talking about 30-40 points. He’s got to be that second tier of scoring after Nick Leddy.

Not only that but he’s going to have to lead a competent second power play unit. A few weeks ago Iaid out how I thought the New York Islanders should deploy their power play units. I put Ryan Pulock along with Johnny Boychuk on the teams second unit.

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His job is going to be taking moving the puck into the offensive zone, he’s going to be that power play’s quarterback. He’ll also act as a secondary blueline artillery support after Johnny Boychuk. No longer will the opposition know where the puck is going to be shot at from the point. The Isles will have two options from the point.

If both can fill those roles, along with the young forwards and John Tavares, the New York Islanders should be a force in the NHL next season. Of course, that assuming Garth Snow doesn’t start to get…creative.

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