New York Islanders: Seidenberg Playing Over Pulock Is Ridiculous

By Matt O'Leary

Why the New York Islanders continually give Dennis Seidenberg chances over Ryan Pulock is ridiculous and frankly makes zero sense.

When the New York Islanders signed Dennis Seidenberg for the first time I wasn’t pleased. Ryan Pulock was coming off a 15 game stint with the Islanders in 2015-2016 and a nice playoff stretch as well. I wondered why the Islanders would elect to block one of their top prospects.

Granted, Seidenberg got off to a hot start in 2016-2017 and ended up finishing the year with 22 points. But was it worth it?

The Isles power play struggled all of last year, and Pulock and his slapper only played 3:57 total in the 2016-2017 season. It seemed odd that Pulock wasn’t getting any chances at the next level despite dominating in the AHL, especially on the power play.

The same thing is happening again this year, except this time it’s worse.

Today, Doug Weight announced the lineups and once again Dennis Seidenberg was going in for Ryan Pulock.

Seidenberg shouldn’t be on an NHL roster with his play, nor should he be playing at age 36 over a 23-year old with some upside.

In 13 games this year Seidenberg has three assists and a minus-2 rating. His possession numbers are also atrocious. He has a career low CF% with a 42.4 CF% and a career low with a -9.9 CF% rel.

With both poor standard and advanced statistics, how is he finding his way in the lineup? Is Ryan Pulock really worse than that?

Pulock has six points in 23 games which is nothing great, but his possession numbers are much better. He has the second highest CF% for a defenseman on the team with a 49.7 and the best CF% rel for an Isles defenseman with a 3.1.

You really can’t tell me that Dennis Seidenberg deserves a chance to play over anybody let alone Ryan Pulock. The preferential treatment to veterans is just absolutely ridiculous, don’t even get me started on Jason Chimera.

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