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NEWARK, N.J. -- Following the Islanders' big news of the day -- a trade that sent Nino Niederreiter to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Cal Clutterbuck -- the team used the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft to select defenseman Ryan Pulock from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey league.
Pulock (6-0, 210), who finished with 14 goals and 45 points in 61 games for the Wheat Kings, is known for his bomb of a shot.
"That's his biggest asset," a scout told ESPNNewYork.com after the selection. "He's got great character, but still needs some time to develop."
Pulock, 18, who hails from Grandview, Manitoba, said his shot has served him well through his junior career, something he hopes can continue at the professional level.
"Especially on the power-play, whether I can get a shot away or take a guy that's focused on me and open up other areas on the ice, I think the more I use the shot the more effective it is and it's something that can really help me," he said.
The newest Islander has also shown grace in handling adversity over the past few years following the death of his younger brother, Brock, in a car accident in March 2010. Pulock said his little brother was one of the first things on his mind when his name was announced Sunday afternoon.
For a great read on Pulock from Winnipeg Free Press columnist Gary Lawless, click here.
And for a breakdown of the entire Islanders draft day, here's a brief summary of their haul via team release:
The seven selections included three forwards, two defenseman and two goaltenders. After drafting defenseman Ryan Pulock with the 15th overall pick, the Islanders did not select again until picks 70 and 76 in the third round.
With the 70th pick, the club selected goaltender Eamon McAdam. A 6’2, 185-pound netminder from Doylestown, PA, McAdam appeared in 31 games this past season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. He posted a 17-9-3 record with a 3.45 goals-against average (GAA) and .896 save percentage (SV%).
Six picks later, the Islanders selected McAdam’s teammate, Waterloo forward Taylor Cammarata. The Minneapolis, MN, native led the Blackhawks in scoring with 93 points (38 goals, 55 assists) in 59 USHL games this past season.
The Islanders added their second goaltender of the 2013 Draft in the fourth round, selecting Minnesota State-Mankato’s Stephon Williams with the 106th overall pick. A 6’1, 194-pound netminder from Fairbanks, AK, Williams posted a 21-12-2 record with a 2.00 GAA and .924 SV% in 35 games this past season with the Mavericks.
In the fifth round, 136th overall, the Islanders selected forward Viktor Crus Rydberg. A 5’11, 190-pouind forward from Voxjo, Sweden. Rydberg scored 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) in 35 games this past season with Linkoping’s Under-20 club in Sweden’s junior league.
Forward Alan Quine was then taken in the sixth round, 166th overall. A 5’11, 178-pound center from Belleville, ON, Quine scored 67 points (23 goals, 44 assists) in 74 games this past season with both the Peterborough Petes and Bellevile Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League.
With their final pick in the Draft, the Islanders selected defenseman Kyle Burroughs in the seventh round, 196th overall. Burroughs, a 5’11, 182-pound rearguard from Vancouver, BC, recorded 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 70 Western Hockey League games this past season with the Regina Pats.
Pulock, a native of Dauphin, Manitoba, scored 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) in 61 games this past season with the Brandon Wheat Kings in his third Western Hockey League campaign. The 6’0, 211-pound defenseman served as team captain as an 18-year-old.
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