New York Islanders Doug Weight Wants Ryan Pulock's Shot 'To Become A Weapon'
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Aleksander Barkov #16 of the Florida Panthers and Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders battle for the puck during the first period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight shed light into Ryan Pulock‘s role with the team heading into the 2017-18 season.

General manager Garth Snow traded away one of the New York Islanders top-four defensemen in Travis Hamonic earlier this offseason.

The move was puzzling at the time since the Islanders are looking to make more of an impact sooner rather than later and dealing a top-four defender for a handful of picks (albeit they were a 1st and two 2nd rounders) didn’t seem like an immediate fix.

But new head coach Doug Weight shed light on what the organization’s intention will be on the blueline heading into next season:

The Islanders defense was a topic that has been heavily speculated since the abrupt departure of Hamonic, but now with some official word, answers are presenting themselves. Signing Adam Pelech to a four-year deal also helps push the Islanders youth movement on the blueline.

It’s good to have some official confirmation of Pulock’s long-awaited inclusion on the Islanders roster. For the last two seasons, fans have been clamoring that the 22-year-old should be a mainstay, with the #FreePulock movement really gaining momentum through the second-half of the 2016-17 season.

The inclusion of Pulock gives immediate help to the NHL’s 28th-ranked power play and a Shea Weber-like presence that can demolish pucks at over 100 mph.

It looks like it’s finally #PulockTime time in Brooklyn this October.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.