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Road to the NHL Draft: Ryan Pulock

By John Vogl

Ryan Pulock

Position: Defense

Junior team: Brandon (WHL)

Born: Dauphin, Manitoba

Measurables: 6-foot, 211 pounds

2012-13 stats: 61 games, 14 goals, 31 assists, 45 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 12 (North America)

Lowdown: It’s a fun moment when Pulock gets the puck at the point. Folks inhale deeply, then freeze as they watch him wind up. His slap shot – clocked at 102 mph in a Brandon skills competition – is world class. The cannon makes opponents wince in multiple ways. They block it and get bruised, or it reaches the net for a scoring opportunity. Even the puck doesn’t find the twine, goaltenders have trouble handling it and rebound chances abound.

Pulock has 33 goals and 72 assists over the past two seasons, making him one of the most dangerous scoring threats from the blue line in junior hockey. He produced this season despite battling a wrist injury for much of the year.

The ailment caused his stock to drop. Central Scouting had him at No. 6 in the midterm rankings. Pulock is not blessed with size or speed, which has led to conflicting scouting reports on his long-term ability. He played forward for much of his life and is still learning the defensive game.

They said it: "He passes the puck very well, plays a pretty simple game, and is very good on the power play. When he’s at the top of his game, he can make the game look pretty easy. He’s our captain, and he’s very respected by his teammates for his desire to get better and improve." -- Brandon General Manager Kelly McCrimmon to

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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