New York Islanders Contracts For Pending Restricted Free Agents
2017-18 AAV: $863,333
It’s been an interesting first contract for Ryan Pulock with the New York Islanders. He’s played in just 74 games over the span of three seasons.
In his first year he back in 2015-2016 he was a late-season call-up for the Islanders. He played in 15 games down the stretch and six playoff games for the Isles, scoring a huge goal in Game 3 of the Florida series.
His 2016-2017 campaign was an interesting one. He played in just one NHL game. It came back in October of 2016, and he didn’t make it through the entirety of the game due to an injury.
Pulock would remain banished in the AHL for the remainder of the season, even after fully recovering from his injury. The logic there made little sense.
So far this year, when finally given a chance he’s shined. He’s got a 25 point (7 goals, 18 assists) season under his belt so far.
At the end of the season he becomes a restricted free agent so let’s look at some comparable players and see what contracts they’re working with.
If you look at some defenseman taken in that 2013 draft’s first round, you’ll come across names like Rasmus Ristolaien and Mico Mueller. Ristolainen got himself a nice six-year extension with a $5.4 million contract. Mueller, who’s probably considered a bust, wasn’t so lucky.
Pulock probably falls between the two. Sure, there’ a lot of upside with Pulock but he still has an extremely small sample size. I think an extension in the $2 million to $3 million range makes sense for both Pulock and the Islanders.
Contract: 4 Years, $4.5 million AAV