"There's still that competition there," Pulock said after the first day of minicamp. "It doesn't give me a free spot. I'm still fighting every inch for a spot, so things really haven't changed that way. But I guess it's one less prospect fighting for that one spot."
The defensive prospect had a strong year in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 54 games, Pulock recorded 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) and quickly moved ahead of Reinhart in the Islanders prospect pool.
Pulock was called up for the playoffs and it was widely expected that he was going to play in Game 6 before Islanders' coach Jack Capuano decided to start Scott Mayfield instead. The 20-year-old did find that his playing time in the AHL and the time around the Islanders during the playoffs was very useful.
"I think it's helped me mature my game a lot," he said. "Playing in Bridgeport I think I've developed some skills that I was lacking a bit defensively. I think I just have to continue working on that. Being up for the playoffs I even learned from there from just watching. Being around the guys and it was a really cool experience for me. It gives me that much more of the itch to make the team and help them succeed into the playoffs."
This is Pulock's third mini camp with the Islanders.
Barclays Center is in the middle of constructing the Islanders a "campus" inside the arena as they prepare for the team's move to Brooklyn this fall. On Wednesday, the media will be given the first glimpse of what the Islanders' locker room and facility will look like when they move into the venue.
The "Islanders' campus" will feature an oval shaped locker room, player's lounge and dining area, treatment and training room, coaches suite, fitness facilities, game video screening room, therapeutic cold tubs, state-of-the-art technology and other amenities.
Construction is slated to be completed by August.