Ryan Pulock – Brandon Wheat Kings – 2013 NHL Draft

    A solid 2013 eligible defenseman, Pulock is one of the best defenders in the WHL already at the age of 17. He plays well in both ends of the ice and brings a good mix of

    physicality and hockey sense to his game consistently.

    Offensively, Pulock makes great decisions with the puck to start the attack for the Wheat Kings. His outlet passes are very accurate, and only puts it in an area where his teammates can get it. He shows a level of poise that is expected out of overage players in the league, not a 17 year old. He is the quarterback of the power play, and is a calming presence when he has the puck on the blue line. He has one of the best slap shots in the league already, and the most impressive aspect of it is the fact that he consistently gets it on net. If the shot is not there, he will make the right read and make a good pass and keep the pressure going for the team.

    Pulock is very solid defensively. He wins battles along the boards frequently and loves to use his body to finish checks. He likes to pinch into the play, and if he makes a mistake, he has the skating abilities to come back and still make a difference in the defensive zone. Despite his strength and level of physicality, Pulock displays his hockey sense and breaks up a ton of plays over the course of a game. He anticipates passes well and cuts off cycles quickly and turn the play right around. He plays a patient game, and does well to not get caught running around in his own zone.