Yesterday the Islanders announced the signings of first and sixth round picks Ryan Pulock and Alan Quine to entry level contracts. Pulock will almost certainly return to the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings as a slide rule player and will get a shot to make the team next year. Pulock's been quiet in camp, mostly because the last defensve spot has been a battle between 2012 draftee Griffin Reinhart and Top AHL Defensive scorer Matt Donovan. There was no way that Pulock was making the team this year.
Pulock is known for his heavy shot and will be an asset going forward on the Power play, going back to Brandon won't be the worst thing for him as he gets to take this season and hopefully dominate the WHL's scoresheet for defensemen (a task that gets easier with the departure of one time Isles draftee and now universally, except by me, hated by Isles fans Brenden Kichton). Pulock and Donovan may be the puck movers that work out for Garth Snow, which would be solid. He wasn't my pick at the time, but he'll work out I'm sure. For now, it's back to Brandon as the Isles have defensive prospects a plenty now.
Sixth rounder Quine will begin the year most likely in Bridgeport on the 2nd or 3rd line depending on how final roster spots shake out. Quine's known for soft hands and creativity, a former 3rd round pick by the Red Wings, Quine spent last year split between Peterborough and Belleville in the OHL, in 54 total games the 20 year old notched 67 points including 23 goals. Quine likely starts the year centering Mike Halmo on his right and a Riley Wetmore if he's on Bridgeport's 3rd line. if he moves to the second he might be on the wing with Johan Sundstrom and a Kirill Kabanov or Joey Diamond. I'm not sure yet, but he'll be in a position to work on the PK and maybe the second PP unit...if he succeeds, he provides a plausible call up late season for the Isles to provide rest for some guys going into the Playoffs, but it's not that likely.
Relatively minor signings overall, Pulock's arrival isn't for a year, two at most; Quine is currently a middle of the lineup guy in Bridgeport who will need to show he can stick at it in the Pros. In years past there'd be some quick movement for these guys coming into the lineup, but the Islanders have enough depth everywhere to let these guys come into their own on their own times. It's nice to not have to press a first rounder into service and to make them earn it, it's a very different atmosphere than the beginning of the rebuild.