Ryan Pulock Profile
Team: Brandon (WHL)
Ryan Pulock's Player ProfileFinding the perfect spot for Pulock was difficult. Some scouts consider him to be a top-eight player in this draft, whereas others prefer him in the 11-15 range. Despite concerns, he has been one of the WHL's top offensive defensemen for the past three seasons. He tied for the points lead among all Wheat Kings this year. His best tool is his shot, which is elite, and NHL teams will utilize it atop the umbrella on their first power play unit. It has been clocked at over 100 miles per hour in skills competitions. His offensive game is well rounded, as he is a high-end thinker who has been described as a methodical puck mover. Pulock always seems to make the right decisions, whether it is to rush, pass, or shoot. Defensively, he is strong on his checks, controls his gaps well, and generally stays with his assignments. Still, he is prone to a breakdown at certain times. The biggest criticism of Pulock is his skating. Some scouts describe it as average, others as above average. Despite having solid mobility, he does not seem to have a blazing top gear. His game is more based on feel than dangling or pushing the pace.
Submitted by: Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. Click here for Pronman's draft rankings
Like Sean Monahan, Brandonís Ryan Pulock is a late 1994 birthdate that probably would have gone higher had his birthday been a few months earlier. Also similar to Monahan, Pulock is also wearing the captaincy for a struggling club.
Aside from playing in different leagues, one major difference (despite gaudy stats), is that Pulock is actually a defenseman. After battling upper body injuries this season, Pulock hasnít had the year he may have liked but itís still been an admirable one. Leading his offensively challenged team in points, Pulock also has scored 14 goals and has a respectable -8 +/- rating. His heavy shot projects well to the NHL as a PP quarterback while his solid all-around play should make him a dependable Top 4 defenseman capable of 20+ minutes a night.
Submitted by: The Scouting Report
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Pulock from Brandon has a sonic boom of a point shot, he can play in all situations and displays poise and solid leadership, two-way force!— David Burstyn (@DavidBurstyn) January 31, 2013
ISS Top 30#15 Ryan Pulock @rpulock2Poised well rounded D-man. Good offensive upside w/ big shot. Effective on PP. Good open ice hitter.— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) December 6, 2012
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