Pulock, a product of Grandview, MB., just completed a three-year, $4.275 entry-level contract, that saw the 6-foot-2, 215-pound defender dress in 84 games for the Islanders, with the majority coming in the 2017-18 hockey season.
Last year, the former Brandon Wheat Kings captain skated in 68 games for New York, putting up 10 goals and 32 points, while finding himself buried behind a deep core group of defencemen. The 23-year-old restricted free agent received a qualifying offer of $875K, but agreed to a deal of much heavier weight. Pulock’s new contract features annual average value (cap hit) of $2 million. He will make $1.35 million in the 2018-19 season, and $2.65 million in 2019-20.
In 2017-18 Pulock provided ample offence in his promotion to the power play mid-season, collecting five goals and 11 points while on the man advantage. With former teammate Calvin de Haan finding a new home in Carolina for the 2018-19 season, Pulock should find himself additional playing time on the Island this coming year.
Pulock’s slap shot has always been his strength, while it was his defensive game that needed improvement. After going 15th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Pulock spent the better part of three seasons with the Islanders’ farm club in Bridgeport, working on his skating, defending and on-ice awareness. After earning a semi-permanent call up last season, Pulock hammered a whopping 184 shot on net over the course of the year.
The Manitoba-born defender registered one goal and four assists in a five-point effort in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in late January, making him the only Islanders rookie defenceman to collect five points in one game, and the first defender since Uwe Krupp in 1993 to do so. Pulock led all NHL rookie defencemen with 10 goals in 2017-18.