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New York Islanders Restricted Free Agent Contract Grades

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)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 10:24 of the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 10:24 of the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan Pulock | Defense

Contract: 2 Years | $2 million (AAV)
Grade: A+

Patience. The Islanders were able to show restraint with Pulock. its the signs of a franchise that’s in absolute control. Because on another day you’d imagine the former Islanders regime to toss as much money and term as possible to keep the young promising defender.

In Pulock the New York Islanders have a player that has top-pair potential. Entering 2018-19 he’s already seen as a good option to slot beside Nick Leddy.

Pulock showed last season that he can be trusted, that he can lead a power play, and that he can put up points alongside all those responsibilities. And at 23-years-old, he’s just going to get better.

In his first NHL season, Pulock scored 32 points, second on the team amongst defensemen. He scored ten goals to lead all rookie defensemen, he scored eleven points on the power play, and he played an average of 18:24 a night.

He’s going to get even better than that.

Last season didn’t come without its lessons. On more than a few occasions, Pulock got caught pinching or trying to make an offensive play. But as the season progressed he learned from those mistakes to become even better.

But that was one season, and like the rest of the Isles, RFA’s the management group wants to be sure of what they have. So they locked up Ryan Pulock fro two seasons at bottom dollar.

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Next: Isles 2018-19 Center Depth Chart

With Pulock at $2 million and Devon Toews at $700,00 per season, the Islanders have effectively locked up half of their top-four blueliners for just over half of Calvin de Haan’s deal.

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