The New York Islanders announced on Tuesday morning that they have re-signed defenseman Ryan Pulock to a two-year deal.The Islanders finished locking up their defensive RFA’s in locking up Ryan Pulock to a two-year, bridge-type deal.
Pulock is set to make $2 million AAV, with $1.35 million in the 2018-19 season and $2.65 million in the 2019-20 season, per CapFriendly. It’s worth noting the 23-year-old right-handed defenseman is arbitration eligible at the conclusion of next season.
#Isles Transaction: The team has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with defenseman Ryan Pulock. Pulock set career numbers last season with 32 points (10 goals and 22 assists).
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— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) July 17, 2018
Pulock was drafted by 15th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and is coming off a 10 goal, 32 point rookie season.
Prior to this season, Pulock had 22 games of NHL experience through both the regular and post-season.
In those 22 games, he impressed with three goals and seven points, including his famous powerplay tally in Game 3 of the first round in 2016, but he couldn’t secure a spot in the lineup until this season.
The 23-year-old’s 10 goals were the most amongst rookie defenseman and his 32 points were third in that same category.
Pulock had 113 hits, just one shy of Johnny Boychuk for the team lead by defensemen.
Pulock had the game of his life on Jan. 20, recording five points (one goal, four assists) in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. According to Eric Hornick of NYISkinny, Pulock broke the record for most points in a game by an Islanders rookie defenseman in the win.
The Dauphin, Manitoba native also got his name added to the history books, becoming just the 10th rookie defenseman in NHL history to record five or more points in a single game and the first since 2007.
Despite the team’s struggles in the last quarter (maybe even half) of the season, Pulock’s rookie season ended with him playing some of his best hockey. Pulock played 20 minutes a night, give-or-take to, including 26:51 in the team’s final game of the year.
Since his breakout game against Chicago, Pulock scored 23 points in his last 35 games of the season.
With Devon Toews and Kyle Burroughs each signing two-year deals Monday afternoon and Pulock signing Tuesday morning, Brock Nelson is now the team’s lone restricted free agent.
Nelson has filed for arbitration and according to the NHLPA, his hearing will be on Aug. 3 in Toronto.