The technology in today's NHL makes it easier than ever before to track the play on the ice. During one of this season's broadcasts, NY Islanders analyst and former defenseman Thomas Hickey explained how the pucks have sensors that change colors when it's time for the linesman to swap it out for a new one. These new pucks can also instantaneously record a shot's speed. Thanks to NHL Edge and JFresh on X, we're now aware that over the 2021-22 and 22-23 seasons, Ryan Pulock recorded more shots of 100+ mph than any other player in the league.
With 21 shots that have broken the 100 mph threshold, Pulock stands way ahead of the pack, with only Radko Gudas (13) and Tage Thompson (11) as the other players in double digits over the last two seasons.
Pulock's cannon of a slapshot has been well documented since the day he was drafted by the Islanders 15th overall in 2013.
While he's got the speed to beat any goaltender in the league, Pulock's bugaboo has been his accuracy. He frequently misses the target as the crowd leaps from their seats when the puck collides with the glass. Figured to be a threat on the power play from the point early in his career, Pulock has transformed from an offensive-defenseman into a defense-first blue liner. Despite the power behind his shot, Pulock doesn't see time on the power play, with Noah Dobson and Sebastian Aho occupying those roles.
Adam Pelech, who competed in the hardest shot competition at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, finishing second with a high of 102.2 mph, hasn't topped 100 mph in a game over the last two years. The only other Islander in the top 40 is Grant Hutton, who eclipsed 100 mph once in only 16 games.