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New York Islanders Top 5 Players Developed From AHL In Last 5 Years

BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 19: Matt Donovan #24 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers celebrates his second goal of the game which turned out to be the game winner against the Albany Devils at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 19, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Sound Tigers defeated the Devils 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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

Sound Tiger Stats: 39 G, 60 A, 99 PTS in 163 Games (From 2013-2017)

When it comes to impact players Ryan Pulock is probably the best that’s come out of Bridgeport over the last few years. It took him a while to get to the NHL, but now that he’s here he’s taking over.

Drafted 15th overall in the 2013 NHL draft, big things were expected of Ryan Pulock. His 60 points for the Brandon Wheat Kings the year before his draft, and the 45 points in his draft year showed the signs of a promising offensive defenseman.

But as we all know, defensemen take longer to groom. They rarely go from the draft to the NHL and dominate. They generally take a few years to get themselves ready for the NHL.

For Ryan Pulock, it was a bit longer than expected.

Pulock spent three seasons in Bridgeport. Between 2013 and 2017 he put up 99 points in 163 games. After a 15 game call-up in 2015-16 where he put up four points and another three points in six playoff games we all thought he’d be ready.

But after being called up into the lineup in 2016-17 and almost immediately going down with an injury, he stayed the year in the AHL. Even after recovering from said injury and putting up 46 points in 55 games. The kid was ready.

It was clearly to his advantage as Ryan Pulock eased his way into the NHL in 2017-18. With 32 points in 68 games, Pulock is already being seen as the next top pair defenseman for the Islanders. Good job Bridgeport. Credit where credit is due.

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