Saturday was a busy day of paperwork for the New York Islanders. In the evening they released news of defenseman Ryan Pulock and center Alan Quine agreeing to terms on three-year entry level contracts, financial terms not disclosed. That news came after the afternoon assignment of players to AHL Bridgeport and ECHL Stockton.
Both Pulock and Quine, selected in the entry draft this past summer, remain in camp for Sunday's split squad games against the Ottawa Senators. Quine's contract terms will kick in immediately; Pulock will get a signing bonus but when he's returned to junior, the other terms of his contract will "slide" forward (and slightly lower his cap hit) for at least another year.
The Isles drafted Pulock 15th overall as a highly touted as an offensive defenseman with a cannon of a shot. He led his WHL Brandon Wheat Kings in scoring in 2012-13, with 45 points. He's a lock to head back there when the Islanders make final cuts on Monday, but he obviously left a good impression in camp.
Pulock has scored 147 points from the blueline over the last three seasons with Brandon. The Islanders no doubt see good things from a future blueline that includes two horses in Pulock and Griffin Reinhart.
Quine is another matter. He was a re-entry to the draft this past summer at age 20 after he and the Detroit Red Wings, who drafted him in the 2011 third round (85th), failed to agree to a contract. Upon re-entering for the 2013 draft, the Isles picked him up in the sixth round (166th).
He has good speed and hands, not a lot of size (5'11, 190), but could be a plus bottom six type if his all-around game develops.
Here was Dobber Hockey describing Quine's 2012-13:
Boy did a change of scenery do wonders for Alan Quine. After consistently posting in the minus column for the woeful Peterborough Petes and Kingston Frontenacs, Quine turned things around playing for the OHL Eastern Conference Champion Belleville Bulls posting a plus-29 rating in only 28 games. Quine clearly showed that when surrounded with a supporting cast he can cause havoc for the opposition. Not only was his plus-29 rating impressive he also saw his points-per-game climb from an even 1.00 with the Petes to a 1.46 with his Hometown Bulls.
Quine's regular season success was a big reason Belleville was able to win their conference but he really elevated his game once playoffs came around especially when Belleville needed it most, scoring five goals in the last four games to help the Bulls fight to a game seven against the powerful Barrie Colts. Quine finished up his postseason in a tie for the team lead with eight goals and totals of 8G-7A-15PTS in 17 games played.
For now he'll help Bridgeport, and we'll see where his career goes from there.