Drafted 22nd overall in the 2019 NEFHL Entry Draft – Samuel Poulin.
Drafted 21st overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins
After selecting a defenseman earlier in the first round, the Bruins decided to draft a couple of wingers in Samuel Poulin and Jakob Pelletier (26th overall). Although we could see the potential in Poulin, we did not expect him to climb the prospects ladder quite this quick. As of this writing, Poulin is considered the Bruins top prospect in the organization.
In the year since he was drafted, Poulin has increased his statistical output with Sherbrooke in the QMJHL. He just completed his third season with the team and saw his PPG go from 0.82, to 1.13, to 1.67. He was also able to surpass his 2019 goals and points totals last season while playing in 21 fewer games, in which the season was cut short due to the pandemic. He was on pace to eclipse 110 points before being shut down.
Statistics aside, Poulin possesses several quality attributes. He’s a gritty power forward who is very strong on the puck. He forechecks hard and has a nose for the net. His wrist shot is strong and accurate and has decent hands.
He’s been working on his skating, especially the first step, but it is still a work in progress. Once he gets going, he has great top-speed.
He was invited to Pittsburgh’s pre-playoff camp and although he did not make the team, it gave him some more experience at the NHL level. As one of Pittsburgh’s lone shining stars at the development level, it should not come as a surprise if he cracks the main lineup sooner than later. The Penguins are going through a bit of a retool currently, perhaps injecting some more youth into the lineup would give the team a nice boost, to go along with the recent acquisition of Kasperi Kapanen.
Multiple sources have compared his style of play to that of Marian Hossa, not a bad player to be associated with.
We look forward to seeing him suit up in Boston in the near future.