Found August 21, 2013 on Sports Blog Net:
[caption id="attachment_153" align="alignleft" width="300"] image provided by islanders.nhl.com[/caption] Number four on Islander Country's Top ten Prospects in the Islander's System is 2013 first round pick (15th overall), defenseman Ryan Pulock. The 2013 NHL Draft was the first one in five years in which the Isles did not have a top ten pick in the draft. That however, did not stop General Manager Garth Snow from adding another key piece to the Islanders future in the draft. Pulock, is such a good defenseman, he immediately goes from one of the Isles most recent draft picks to number four on our top ten list. He has all the tools and intangibles (Wheat Kings Captain) to be a top four defenseman who can play 20 plus minutes a night in the NHL. The biggest thing to love about Pulock's game is the cannon of a slap shot he has from the point. In skills competitions, Pulock's slap shot has clocked in at over 100MPH, and he is still only 18 years old. Having a big shot at the point is great, but it is much less effective if it is not accurate. This is not the case with Pulock. He has a very accurate shot, which makes Pulock's shot very lethal both on both the power play and five on five. There is much more to Pulock's offensive game than his slap shot though. Pulock, is very methodical with the puck, and always seems to make the right decision with it. He can make a great first pass out of the zone to start the rush, or Pulock can take the puck and skate it up the rink himself. When in the offensive zone, Pulock has great vision and uses it to either find a passing lane to move the puck to a forward for a shot on goal, or he can find a shooting lane and unleash his cannon of a shot from the point. Pulock's numbers in three years with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL: 2010-2011: 8 goals, 34 assists, 42 points, 8PIM. 2011-2012: 19 goals, 41 assists, 60 points, 20PIM. 2012-2013: 14 goals, 31 assists, 45 points, 22PIM. Pulock, did score 15 points less last season, but he missed ten games with an injury. Also, the Wheat Kings were one of the worst teams in the WHL last year, so do not read too much into the drop off in production. Pulock, is not just an offensive defenseman either. He plays a solid two-way game, and Pulock can play in all situations. Pulock, stays with his assignment and in position well, which his low penalty minute totals in each of his three seasons with the Wheat Kings reflects. At 6'1" 210, Pulock plays a physical game and throws his body around as well, but not to the point where he is prone to taking bad penalties. There are some parts to Pulock's game that he does need to work on. Some scouts have labeled Pulock's skating as average. It is not terrible, but Pulock will never have blazing speed. Pulock, will have to continue to work on skating technique to make up for a lack of speed for him to be a successful puck moving defenseman at the NHL level. The other part of Pulock's game he needs to work on is being prone to breakdowns in his own end. Overall, Pulock's play in his own end is not bad, but he tends to get over aggressive sometimes. This leads to Pulock being caught out of position. Pulock, is still young though, so mistakes like that are not uncommon. As he grows and matures, the breakdowns in his own end should decrease as Pulock gains more experience. When training camps open, Pulock likely will get some time with the Isles before being sent back to the Wheat Kings for his fourth season in juniors. With so many other defensemen further along their development paths, there is no need to rush Pulock. The Isles will probably keep him around to give him a quick taste of the NHL during training camp, before sending him back to the Wheat Kings to continue his development. If Pulock continues to develop properly, he will be wearing an Isles uniform in the near future, unleashing his cannon slap shot on their blueline. What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Pulock on Long Island? Is he ranked too high at number four? Let's hear what you have to say in comments! Here is the list so far: The Honorable Mentions Number 10: Johan Sundstrom Number 9: Andrey Pedan Number 8: Matt Donovan Number 7: Anders Lee Number 6: Calvin de Haan Number 5: Ville Pokka
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