Be The Defensive Leader
We already know that Ryan Pulock is the New York Islanders number one defenseman. A role previously held by Nick Leddy.
Not only did we have an Arthur Staple piece telling us that Barry Trotz bestowed that designation on Pulock when they first met as player/coach in Dauphin, Manitoba. But we can also see that by the ice time Pulock received in relation to his other teammates on the blue line.
At 5on5 Ryan Pulock ranked first for Islanders defensemen with a total of 1435:49 minutes. Some 17 minutes more than the next guy; Nick Leddy.
On the power play, Pulock ranked second in time on ice with 156:25. Leddy ranked first with 232:51. And on the penalty kill, Pulock again ranked second with 146:10. Scott Mayfield was the teams top-ranking D with 183:27 minutes.
Pulock plays big minutes in all situations for the Islanders. As his career takes the next step he can easily take the lead in all three categories but should be the team leader in at least two of them next season.
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Goal: Lead in two of the three TOI categories (5on5 and PP).
Pulock should once again be the leader when it comes to 5on5 time as the team’s number one blueliner. On the power play is where he needs to get more ice time. If he can hit the net more frequently he’d probably help the power play more and as such get more ice time.