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"With the 15th pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders select, Ryan Pulock." In case you couldn't tell, the Islanders have selected Ryan Pulock as their first round pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1" 211 pound blue-liner, while a work in progress, should become a nice fit with the Islanders. Last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL (love the league), Pulock lit the lamp 14 times while tallying 31 assists for a total of 45 points in 61 games; solid numbers for a defenseman. 
Pulock is now one of many defensive prospects Islanders General Manager Garth Snow has collected during the soon-to-be-over rebuild. Since the Islanders have such "depth" at the position, we may not see Pulock for a few years. During that time, Pulock will be able to strengthen his playing abilities and get ready for the NHL. 

Speaking of abilities, Pulock has a cannon for a snapshot, reaching speeds of 101.1 miles per hour. Pulock also has good vision of the ice, and likes to join in on the offensive rush. Pulock is a good skater, and can carry the puck coast-to-coast with ease. 
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With Pulock's skill, he likely will be a big contributor on the Islanders Power Play. Have Matt Moulson screen opposing goaltenders, and watch Pulock's masterpiece of a slapshot rocket into the back of the net.  Pulock, who also sees the ice very well and is a good playmaker, can create space and dish the puck to a wide open player for an easy goal. Pulock also will be a strong five-on-five player. Look for him to hound goalies with his impressive snapshot and to dangle his way through opposing players.
Overall Synopsis: Pulock is still a work in progress who needs a bit of NHL preparation, but he will be a solid offensive defenseman. 
Photo Credit: Getty Images (second photo courtesy of bradcurle.blogspot.com)



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