Scouting:(Photo: The Scouting Report)
Defensively he is solid where he uses his stick well to cut off passing lanes and is a good checker in open ice. The 18 year old could be a little more physical for his size but he has dealt with injuries over the past two seasons which could have made somewhat him gun-shy. He does lack elite size and strength from a shutdown defenseman but that can come in time at the professional level. The Manitoba native's skating is average which is one of the big knocks on him but his sound defensive positioning should help alleviate concerns over his lack of top-end speed on the back end.
One major key to Pulock that cannot be overstated is his leadership. He served as the team captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings last year and also has experience running the power-play from the point. The poise he developed serving in these roles cannot be taught.
Fit with the Flyers:(Photo: Jackets Cannons)
Pulock can do everything the Flyers need from their defensemen moving forward. If they can add a puck moving defenseman, in addition to Mark Streit, they will have immediately addressed a gaping hole they had entering the off-season.
Pulock does not quite have the size to be an imposing force on the blue line but that is not necessarily a need for the Flyers as they have Nicklas Grossmann (6'4"), Braydon Coburn (6'5"), Luke Schenn (6'2"), and Andrej Meszaros (6'2") all on the blue line who are strong, physical players. Pulock, at just a shade under 6'1", would fit in nicely with that crew plus Streit and Kimmo Timonen.
He should be available when the Flyers select 11th overall but won't be around too long after that is they're hoping for a slide.
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