On Wednesday morning, the New York Islanders announced that the team had come to an agreement with restricted free agent defenceman Ryan Pulock on a new two-year contract worth $5 million annually. The Grandview product was set to head into contract arbitration on Friday, unless he and the Islanders’ managerial staff could sort out a new deal in advance.
The two sides did just that, as the 26-year-old blueliner will be set for a notable raise for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons on the Island, following back-to-back significantly productive campaigns, to which his contract averaged $2 million per season. Pulock, a longtime member of the Brandon Wheat Kings, was chosen in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders, to which he has remained the past seven years.
In 234 career NHL contests, Pulock has earned 31 goals, 108 points and 55 penalty minutes, while impressing with his +27 plus/minus statistic. In 36 postseason games, he has three goals, 14 points and 10 penalty minutes. Last season saw the 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenceman put together his most productive campaign, collecting 10 goals, 35, points and 14 penalty minutes in 68 games, while leading his team in icetime with an average of 22:42 per game.
Beginning his junior hockey career with Brandon in 2010 as a 16-year-old, Pulock thrived on the blueline, amassing eight goals and 42 points in his freshman year. He then tallied 19 goals and 60 points in 71 games the next season, before being named the team’s captain for 2012-13. His junior hockey career saw him finish with 71 goals, 225 points and 72 penalty minutes in 285 total games.