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Get to Know an Islander: Ryan Pulock

As part of the build-up to the first-round playoff series between the Capitals and the Islanders, Japers’ Rink will be looking at some of the important Isles players and how they might impact the series.

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ryan Pulock

#6 / Defenseman

Height: 6’2” | Weight: 217 | Born: October 6, 1994

Birthplace: Dauphin, MB | Acquired: Drafted 15th, 2013 (NY Islanders)

Assets: Owns a heavy point shot and plenty of shooting ability, which makes him a very effective power-play performer. Also has good size and a rather simple approach to playing defense.

Flaws: Does not have great skating ability, so his offensive game may not transition perfectly well at the highest level. Also, he could stand to become a greater physical presence.

Career Potential: Quality offensive defenseman with upside.

(Via TSN)

Why You Should Know Who He Is: Pulock has become one of the Isles’ top defensemen, patrolling the blueline alongside Adam Pelech. He’s led his team in ice time each of the last two seasons while also chipping in a fair amount of offense, and he’s had a strong start to the postseason with four points in the four-game series against the Panthers. He has a heavy shot and is also adept at protecting the front of his own net.

How the Caps Can Stop Him: While he does log big minutes and is a decent two-way defenseman (certainly the best one the Isles have right now), Pulock isn’t exactly known for driving play and opts for dump-ins and neutral/defensive-zone play more often than not. The Caps should focus on winning board battles when they can, neutralizing those dump-ins or, since it’s not something he seems comfortable doing, forcing him to carry it in himself.