The New York Islanders left 2013 first round draft pick Ryan Pulock in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start the 2016-17 season.
Now, though, he’s been brought up to the big club.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that Pulock, who boasts an assist in his first AHL game of the season, has been recalled to the Islanders on an emergency basis. At this point, it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not he’s being recalled to replace an injured player or not.
Drafted 15th overall by the Islanders in 2013, the 22-year-old native of Dauphin, Manitoba skated with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings before going pro within New York’s system in 2014.
Since then, he’s played in just 15 career NHL games, all taking place during the 2015-16 campaign. During those appearances, though, he’s put up two goals and four points – so hopefully, if he does manage to draw into the lineup for the Metropolitan Division club, he’ll be able to make an immediate impact.
The Islanders have gone a disappointing 1-3-0 to start out their regular season, falling to seventh in their division to start out the year. This could be part of the reason that the club recalled Pulock – although as an emergency (aka short-term) recall, it seems more likely that he’s been brought up to replace a potentially ill or injured teammate in the lineup.
The Islanders will next play on Friday, when they host the Arizona Coyotes at home in Brooklyn.