Always known to have major offensive upside, Ryan Pulock exploded for 15 goals and 46 points in 55 games on AHL Bridgeport's blue line last season, putting the Isles' 2013 first-round pick squarely on the fantasy radar in deeper and keeper formats. The only thing keeping him away from major relevance for 2017-18 is the flotilla of boring-yet-reliable veterans ahead of him on the depth chart -- enough of them that Pulock may have to continue biding his time in the AHL for a bit longer yet. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Isles tire of having only one reliable source of offense (Nick Leddy) among their defensive corps, and the 22-year-old Pulock fits with the youth movement that's getting underway in Brooklyn. It's quite likely that one way or another, room will be made for him on the Islanders' roster (and power play) at some point this season.
Pulock posted an assist and three shots on goal as AHL Bridgeport defeated Springfield 2-1 on Tuesday. Pulock is considered to be one of the Islanders' top defensive prospects, andhe should be in the running for an NHL roster spot next season. He possesses a rocket shot from the point, which is something the Islanders lack on the power play. Pulock could be in line to replace Thomas Hickey or Calvin de Haan if Las Vegas claims them in the expansion draft.
Pulock suffered an upper-body ailment in Saturday's AHL game for Bridgeport, although it is not a head injury, Michael Fornabaio of The Connecticut Post reports. Pulock is enjoying a strong season with the Sound Tigers, posting 12 goals with 35 points and a plus-8 rating through 41 games at the AHL level. Islanders fans are clamoring for the team to bring him up for a shot in the arm to the defenseman corps, but management is being careful not to rush him. He showed well last season with a goal and three points in six playoff games for the Islanders. Pulock is a good-looking option for those in long-term keeper pools.
Pulock (lower body) was activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, With the stakes being lower in the minors, Pulock can return to game action to see how he holds up following the injury. The 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft has only played in on NHL game this season, but the big-bodied defenseman carries plenty of offensive upside, having reached double-digit scoring totals in three of four seasons with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings between 2010-14, and tacking on 24 points in 51 games with the Sound Tigers of the AHL last season.
Pulock (lower body) remains on injured reserve and will not suit up against the Flames on Monday. Pulock has played in one game this season and logged just 3:57 of ice time before picking up this injury. With a total of 16 career NHL games under his belt, the Isles may opt to send the 22-year-old back to the AHL once he is cleared to return. Long-term, the defenseman is certainly a prospect to keep an eye on, but may still be a year or two away from seeing regular minutes. Look for an update from the organization once he is taken off IR.
Pulock (lower body) was able to get back on the ice Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Pulock has been on the IR since Oct. 22. His original timetable had him returning in 4-6 weeks. The four week mark will be Saturday so he looks to be on schedule. Pulock remains one of the Islanders top prospects but is likely headed back to the AHL when ready to play unless the Islanders were to suffer another injury to their current defensive corps.
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