A Power Play Quarter Back
Where wish number one was more for the following season, wish number two can be granted immediately.
The New York Islanders power play is abysmal. With a flat 16 percent efficiency, they have the 24th ranked power play in the NHL. When you watch them it’s easy to see why.
The Islanders have an awful time cycling the puck around the offensive zone, they have a hard time gaining entry to the offensive zone, and they also seem reluctant to shoot the puck. It all culminates into few chances and even fewer goals.
While there are a few things they can look at to change the power play (Like give Mathew Barzal more ice time, or remove Cal Clutterbuck from PP2). They also seem to have the wrong guy quarterbacking the power play on the ice.
Of all the Islanders players Ryan Pulock ranks seventh in terms of power play ice time with 50:06 minutes on the man advantage. That’s not nearly enough for a guy who clearly knows how to move the puck around from the point.
With the way Nick Leddy is playing he just isn’t giving the team enough out there. Ryan Pulock not only has the ability to move the puck around the ice quickly but he’s got that howitzer of a shot that can be a good weapon from the blue line.
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Moving Ryan Pulock to “PP1” instead of Nick Leddy is a good way for Barry Trotz to start adjusting his power play to generate more and become more clinical with its opportunities.