2010-11: Ryan Pulock skated in 63 games for Brandon in his first WHL season and played for Canada Western in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. A product of the Parkland Rangers midget program in Manitoba, he scored 8 goals with 34 assists and was plus-two with 4 penalty minutes. Brandon finished third in the East Division and Pulock skated in all six game playoff games against Medicine Hat; scoring 2 goals with 4 assists and finishing minus-two with 2 penalty minutes. In five games for Canada Western he scored 1 goal and had 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Pulock was the WHL’s third-leading scorer amongst defensemen in his second season with the Wheat Kings and represented Canada in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 19 goals with 41 assists and was plus-33 with 20 penalty minutes in 71 games. Brandon finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Pulock scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was plus-one in nine playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-three in six games at the U18 WJC as Canada won a bronze medal.
2012-13: Pulock battled through a difficult year with the Wheat Kings, finishing as the team’s second-leading scorer despite missing 11 games due to injury and playing part of the season with a cast on his wrist. The injury forced him to miss the CHL Top Prospects game in January. In 61 games for Brandon he scored 14 goals with 31 assists and was minus-seven with 22 penalty minutes. The Wheat Kings missed the WHL playoffs; finishing last in the East Division. Pulock was ranked sixth amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the first round (15th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Pulock attended training camp with the Islanders — signing a three-year entry-level contract in September 2013 — before returning to Brandon. He made his pro hockey debut with New York AHL affiliate Bridgeport following his WHL season. In three games for the Sound Tigers he was minus-1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes. Pulock was the fourth-leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen in his fourth season with the Wheat Kings. He scored 23 goals with 40 assists and was minus-4 with 18 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games; scoring 14 of his 23 goals on the power play. Brandon finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Pulock scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
2014-15: Pulock led all defensemen for New York Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport with 17 goals despite missing 22 games due to an upper body injury in his first pro season. Second to veteran Aaron Ness in scoring amongst Sound Tigers’ blueliners, he had 12 assists and was -6 with 6 penalty minutes in 54 games. Bridgeport missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Northeast Division. Pulock was with the Islanders during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games.
Pulock was one of the top offensively skilled defensemen in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has a quick release and an ability to get shots through to the net. After battling through injuries early in his junior career he had a breakout season in his fourth season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He will likely need some time at the AHL level but his offensive tools should fit in well with the young defensemen currently working their way into the NHL for the Islanders.
Pulock is an offensive threat from the blue line and his emergence in his first AHL season likely allowed the Islanders the luxury of dealing former first round pick Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for a first and second round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. With both Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk returning for New York, Pulock may have to spend at least part of the 2015-16 season in the AHL with Bridgeport. Long-term it is envisioned that he can be a similar type of offensive threat as those two if he can add some bulk, stay healthy, and continue to develop the defensive part of his game.