Samuel Poulin

Pittsburgh Penguins
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Fantasy Summary

A husky, hard-working power forward with good genes with middle-six upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 25, 2001
Height 6‘1”
Weight 207 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 21

Observations

February 2020 – The youngster is doing nothing to make the Penguins regret taking him 21st overall in the 2019 draft. After 36 games for the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Poulin has 29 goals (tied for eighth in the league) and 33 assists, easily his best pace in three QMJHL seasons. Mark Allan

November 2019 – The husky winger continues to make his 21st-overall selection in this year’s draft look good. After 21 QMJHL outings for Sherbrooke, Poulin is tied for sixth in league points with 37 points. His 16 goals are also tied for sixth, his 10 PP assists are tied for third and his plus-22 is tied for third in the league. His determination was exemplified with a spectacular goal in a 6-1 win over Cape Breton. Tripped as he drove to the net, Poulin corralled the puck while flat on his stomach and backhanded it past his feet into the net. Mark Allan

September 2019 – Poulin signed a three-year, entry-level deal ($925,000 AAV), then was returned with fellow 2019 Pittsburgh draftee Nathan Légaré to their QMJHL teams in the second wave of cuts from training camp. The Penguins chose the 18-year-old Poulin 21st overall in this year’s draft. He’s got a good shot at eventually following his father Patrick into the NHL. Mark Allan

June 2019 – Backing up comments indicating that the Penguins need more
grit, GM Jim Rutherford landed a player who’s been compared to his maximum-effort father (former NHLer Patrick), as well as Dustin Brown. Already possessing a man’s physique, Samuel improved his numbers across the board (29 goals, 47 assists, 46 PIMs and 67 games) in his sophomore QMJHL campaign. As you would expect from a power forward, the younger Poulin is strong on the puck, drives to the net and forechecks like he means it. He works hard to get open for scoring chances, which he converts with a variety of shots, including a strong and accurate wrist shot. Compared to his rookie schedule with Sherbrooke, the native of Laval, Que., ratcheted up his compete level and added some speed. His skating still needs improvement, especially mobility and acceleration from his uneven first few steps.

Expect Poulin to play at least one more junior season as he works on his skating. How he does in this area will determine when and if he follows his dad into the NHL. Considering his obvious desire and work ethic, he’s a good bet to make it. Mark Allan


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Blainville-Boisbriand Jr. Armada QC Int PW 4 1 1 2 2 |          
 2012-2013 Blainville-Boisbriand Jr. Armada QC Int PW 3 4 3 7 0 |          
 2013-2014 Blainville-Boisbriand Jr. Armada QC Int PW 6 2 7 9 2 |          
 2014-2015 Laurentides Conquérants Bntm AAA QBAAA 30 16 8 24 12 |          
 2015-2016 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 38 21 27 48 14 | Playoffs 11 3 10 13
 2016-2017 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 39 30 38 68 50 | Playoffs 5 0 5 5
  Team Québec White QGC-16 5 6 5 11 0 |          
 2017-2018 Team White U17-Dev 3 1 1 2 0 |          
  Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL 55 16 29 45 42 | Playoffs 11 5 1 6
  Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL 67 29 47 76 46 | Playoffs 10 8 6 14
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 1 1 0 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 1 1 2 2 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2019-2020 Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL 46 32 45 77 47 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 0 |          

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