June 30, 2013, Newark, NJ (ISN) – The Islanders chose the Grandview product with the fifteenth overall selection in round one of Sunday’s National Hockey League Entry Draft in New Jersey.
Pulock, who was one of 35 players to be invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Summer Camp on Friday, becomes the first Wheat King in four years and only the seventeenth member of the franchise to be chosen in the NHL draft’s opening round.
A seventh round bantam draft choice (136th overall) of the Wheat Kings in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, the former Eastern Conference First Team All Star shared the club scoring lead with Tim McGauley during the 2012-13 season with fourteen goals and 45 points.
In 195 career games with the Wheat Kings, Pulock has scored 41 goals and 147 points. His best year came in 2011-12 when he set career highs for goals (19), assists (41) and points (60). His 42 points as a rookie in 2010-11 established a new franchise record for 16-year old defencemen, breaking the previous standard of 39 that had been held by Wade Redden.
Redden remains the highest drafted Brandon player in NHL history, going second overall to the New York Islanders in 1995.
Others to be chosen in round one include Brayden Schenn (5th, LA) and Scott Glennie (8th, Dallas) in 2009, Eric Fehr (18th, Washington) in 2003, Stefan Cherneski (19th, New York Rangers) in 1997, Chris Dingman (19th, Calgary) in ’94, Trevor Kidd (11th, Calgary) in ’90, current Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff (16th, NYI) in ’88, Steve Patrick (20th, Buffalo) in ’80, Laurie Boschman (9th, Toronto), Brian Propp (14th, Philadelphia), Brad McCrimmon (15th, Boston) and Ray Allison (18th, Hartford) in ’79, Billy Derlago (4th, Vancouver) in ’78, Rick Blight (10th, Vancouver) in ’75 and Ron Chipperfield (17th, California Golden Seals), who turned down an NHL contract in ’74 and opted for the Vancouver Blazers (Calgary Cowboys) of the World Hockey Association.
Having been selected by the Islanders, Pulock becomes only the seventh Wheat King to be chosen by New York at the NHL Entry Draft and the third to go in the first round, joining Redden and Cheveldayoff.
On the Island, Pulock will join former Wheat King Travis Hamonic. A former Moose Jaw Warrior blueliner, Hamonic was a member of Brandon’s 2010 Memorial Cup Team.
Pulock is the first of two Wheat Kings expected to be selected Sunday. Beauval, Saskatchewan’s Eric Roy hopes to join his Brandon teammate.
The NHL Entry Draft continues all day today and can be seen on TSN.