FeatureRyan Pulock making huge strides with Islanders by Chris Passarelli February 11, 2019 The Islanders are first place in the Metro Divison with 72 points, and most of that is attributed to defense and goaltending. Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss are the best one-two combination in hockey, and each of the forwards and defensemen have stepped up their game to keep the Islanders as the best defensive team in the NHL.However, there is one man in particular who has taken his game from potential good player to star. His name is Ryan Pulock and his name doesn’t get mentioned nearly as much as it should.Pulock has scored 2 goals in the past 5 games, including a game winner in OT against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon. He has 7 total points in his last 5 games and has played the most minutes of any D man so far in 2019.What changed from last season to this season? Well a few things; Pulock is using his body a lot more than he used to. Instead of using his long stick to constantly reach for pucks, he puts himself in more opportunistic positions in both zones.He has a new confidence that no one really saw last season. If you watch him play, a puck he would have dumped back in last season is now either being one timed or he’s toe dragging the puck into a better position to shoot.Lastly, he’s actually hitting the net. He’s still got a long way to go and is wildly inaccurate, but his past few games have shown that he has much better control over his shot. In addition, he’s been using a shot pass much more this season, which has led to his high assist total.Is Ryan Pulock a superstar yet? No, not even close but he has the potential to be one. Pulock has rare offensive ability and has a hell of a shot. He’s improved immensely on the defensive side and has fully bought into Barry Trotz’s system. It’s nice to see that Pulock has taken many strides this season. There’s a long way to go but the future is bright for the young star. Post Views: 689The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsChris PassarelliFootball Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead WriterLatest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) NFL Network to Premiere ‘The Top 100 Players of 2020’ on July 26 - July 22, 2020 The ‘Toilet Bowl’ may be coming to Western New York - July 16, 2020 Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Related TopicsBarry TrotzNew York IslandersRyan Pulock Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! UFC Long Island: Ticket & Fight Card Info by Kristine Haugsjaa | posted on May 31, 2017 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 The Story of the NHL’s First Armenian, Zach Bogosian and His Biggest Fan by Anthony Paradiso | posted on September 12, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019More in Feature You Know I’m Right, Episode 113: New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick (Audio/Video)On the 113th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video)On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... NJ Devils end losing streak with close win over Hurricanes Fish Sticks; Would John Tavares fit in with this Islander team?