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New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Number 2: Ryan Pulock (Defense) | Age: 24

New York Islanders Stats: 9 G, 28 A, 37 PTS

The New York Islanders have found their number one defenseman. Coming off a breakout season in 2017-2018 Ryan Pulock was even better this year despite not being on the same points pace as the previous year.

Pulock’s ice time increased dramatically. He averaged 22:22 of ice time per game, nearly four minutes more per game and was phenomenal.

Pulock is good on five-on-five, the penalty kill, and even the power play. Heck, if the Isles have even a mediocre power play last year he probably puts up 40+ points. Expectations are through the roof for this kid.

Luckily, the Isles have him at one more year at $2 million before he is due a major raise. Is he going to get Jacob Trouba money by this time next year?

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