2017-18 Stats: 10G, 22A, 32P
Cap Hit: $2 million | 2 Years
If you said anything but Ryan Pulock is the most important right-handed defenseman for the New York Islanders in 2018-19, think again. Pulock showed just how valuable he was to the Islanders in 2017-18.
Pulock started the 2017-18 season slow, he was scratched for much of the month of October. Until the New York Islanders were the worst powerplay in the NHL. By October 19th, the Islanders had gone 0-for on the power play and had a terrible zero percent effectiveness.
So in came Ryan Pulock who was labeled as a powerplay quarterback at every level of hockey he’s played in but the NHL. On the Islanders first man advantage with Ryan Pulock on the ice they scored. Ryan Pulock provided the primary assist.
Pulock would score another five powerplay goals and another five powerplay assists that season. Ranking second in defensemen for powerplay points behind only Nick Leddy.
At 5on5 it was much of the same. Ryan Pulock let his presence known by using that cannon of a shot and by taking some of the burden off Nick Leddy when it comes to carrying to puck forward.
Pulock still has much to learn about being a top-level defender in the NHL. Such as timing or when to push up or pull back. But he’ll learn that. He’s shown in 68 games last season he can learn.
Ryan Pulock has two years to show Lou Lamoriello that he has what it takes to earn a big payday. His two-year $2 million deal will prove to be one of the best pieces of business done in 2018.