Flyers 2013 Draft Prospect Profile: D Ryan Pulock

Background

Pulock playing for the WHL’s Wheat Kings (via QueenCitySports).

Name: Ryan Pulock

Position: Defenseman (Shoots: Right)

Height: 6’1′

Weight: 210 lbs.

League: WHL (Juniors)

Team: Brandon Wheat Kings

Years Of Junior Experience: 3 years

Accomplishments: 2011-2012 U18 WJC Bronze Medal. WHL First All-Star Team.

Highlights

Strengths

Ryan Pulock is a solid 2-way defenseman who can play shut down defense while also being an offensive threat. Pulock who is considered to be a top elite defenseman by Pro and Amateur Scouts. Pulock’s main weapon though is his thundering shot from the point, clocked at 102 MPH at the WHL Skills Competition, brings a huge offensive threat and also brings a nice edition to any team’spowerplay.

Breakdown

  •  Brings a heavy, solid shot from the point
  • Can captain any team’s powerplay
  • Solid defensively, a strong 2-way defenseman
  •  Brings LEADERSHIP – Something the Flyers have been longing ever since Chris Pronger’s injury
  •  Can Play in all types of situations (Even Strength, Powerplay, Penalty Kill, etc.)
  • Described by scouts as a good thinker and a very methodical puck mover

Weaknesses

Ryan Pulock has had some injuries in the past that has prevented him playing in big stage games such as the 2013 Prospects Game and also the 2013 WHL Playoffs. These injuries though surpass scouts’ eyes as he is still ranked at #12 in North American Skaters.

Breakdown

  •  Injury Prone
  •  Average Skater

What are scouts saying?

“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” (Corey Pronman Of Hockey Prospectus)

“His offensive game is well rounded, as he is a high-end thinker. Pulock always seems to make the right decisions, whether it is to rush, pass, or shoot” (Corey Pronman Of Hockey Prospectus)

Should the Flyers Draft Pulock?

Yes. Ryan Pulock is just what the doctor ordered for the Flyers. The Flyers need his puck moving ability and his well-rounded game. He is a solid two way player who can help the Flyers on both ends of the ice. Pulock also has leadership experience, even though when he will be a rookie, it never hurts to bring a kid in who knows how to lead a team. The Flyers also have a lackluster Blue Line, which needs serious help. With Pulock, who brings a solid all around game with great hockey senses, he can really aid the Flyers with his defensive abilities.

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