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New York Islanders Reping Team Canada Summer World Championships

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 05: New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal #14 of Team Canada skates during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game against Team United States at the Bell Centre on January 5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team United States defeated Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout and win the gold medal round. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 05: New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal #14 of Team Canada skates during the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal game against Team United States at the Bell Centre on January 5, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Team United States defeated Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout and win the gold medal round. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts to the loss to the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts to the loss to the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Ryan Pulock

I’m excited to see Mathew Barzal play this summer, but I’m just as excited to see Ryan Pulock play. After a slow start to the season, Ryan Pulock has poured it on of late for the New York Islanders.

With 66 games played in 2017-18 Ryan Pulock has 30 points. Ranking him second in defensemen for points and fourth in scoring for rookie defensemen.

He came in later in the season as the Islanders power play ranked at the bottom of the league with a 0% efficiency. They had 0 power play goals on 20 attempts before Pulock was put on the team.

With just a few games left, the Islanders rank fourth in the NHL with a 23.2% power play. And Pulock’s four power-play goals and ten power play points have been a big factor. The threat he possesses with that cannon slapshot occupies Trump levels of real-estate in the oppositions heads.

Pulock has been making strides to becoming a top-level defender at the NHL all season long. He isn’t there yet. He isn’t too far away either. I want to see him continue to grow when playing for Team Canada this summer.

I also want to see him stay healthy. If there’s one thing that’s kept Ryan Pulock back it’s been injuries. Injuries forced him out of the roster last season and the season before that. Where would Pulock be today if not for those ridiculous injuries?

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