And With The 18th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Ryan Pulock

Ryan Pulock
Age: 18
Position: Defense
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 211lbs
Junior Team: (WHL) Brandon Wheat Kings
Stats: 61 GP / 14 G / 31 A / 45 P / 22 PIM

Over the next few weeks here at Octopus Thrower we will be profiling a number of draft eligible players who may be dawning a Detroit Red Wings jersey and cap at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30th.

Ryan Pulock is ranked 12th among North American players by Central Scouting and 14th by International Scouting Service.

Pulock might be the second best defenseman in this draft, but could fall due to injury concerns and the gluten of talented forwards on the board.

He possess the biggest shot in the draft and has consistently produced offensively for the past three seasons in the WHL.

NHL scouts know what they are getting from Pulock because he has proved it in each of the past three seasons compared to other draftees this year.

Pulock has his faults to though, his strength is not up to par yet and he does not have the speed NHL scouts wish he possessed.

While the Red Wings might not need another defensive prospect and are thinner in other areas, it would be tough for them to pass on Pulock.

Ryan Pulock’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Production - In his three seasons with the Wheat Kings he had produced at least 40 points a season.
  1. Shot - Pulock might have the biggest shot in the Draft.
  1. Power play - He will be able to QB a power play.

Flaws:

  1. Strength - Will have to increase his upper body strength if he wants to compete at a high level in the NHL.
  1. Speed - While his skating is above average he does not have the second gear that most NHLers have.
  1. Injuries – Injuries have limited him the past couple of seasons and could be a concern in the NHL.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Ryan Sproul - An offensively minded defenseman with a cannon shot from the point.
  1. Shea Weber - A strong defenseman with a huge shot and a mean streak.
  1. Zdeno Chara - He obviously does not have the size, but he possess the shot and the could develop into a big minutes defenseman like him.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

The Red Wings do not need to draft a defenseman in this draft, but if Pulock slips down to #18 the Wings would be hard pressed not to draft this talented defenseman.

Career Potential:

A top four defenseman, who can produce offensively, which is something the Red Wings missed during the season.

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