The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Sam Poulin to a three-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Poulin, 18, was the Penguins' first-round pick (21st overall) at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, BC.
"Sam is a good, young forward whose style is hard to play against," said Rutherford. "He has had a good training camp and we're happy to get him signed and look forward to watching his development."
In his short time with the Penguins organization, Poulin has made an offensive impact. At the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, Poulin scored two goals in three games. He also got the nod in the first two preseason games, going plus-1 in his debut against Buffalo and skating 14:29 minutes in the Pens' 4-1 win over Columbus on Sept. 19.
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Poulin is coming off a 2018-19 campaign with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in which he recorded team highs in goals (29), assists (47), and points (76) in 67 regular season games.
In two seasons with Sherbrooke, Poulin has recorded 121 points (45G-76A) in 122 games. His 121 points are the seventh-most in franchise history.
The Laval, Quebec native represented his home country at the 2019 Under-18 World Junior Championship, alongside Pens' 2019 third-round pick Nathan Legare, recording one goal and one assist while skating in all seven games for Team Canada.