Calgary, AB — A Pittsburgh Penguins first-round draft pick made his NHL debut on December 20, 2014 with the Penguins. Then it was the first round of 2012, Derrick Pouliot. On Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, 2019 Penguins first-rounder Sam Poulin will break the drought and make his NHL debut against the Calgary Flames.
Poulin was recalled from the WBS Penguins on Sunday as general manager Ron Hextall placed Teddy Blueger on LTIR retroactive to October 11. The resulting salary cap space allowed Hextall to recall Drake Caggiula and Poulin. Caggiula played in the disappointing 6-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
“He’s a good player. He’s developed good offensive instincts,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s got a good low-down game. We’re excited to see him play. good training camp.
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Poulin moved to center last season, although Sullivan didn’t say where Poulin would play on Tuesday.
Penguins winger Jason Zucker will not play Tuesday. The LW, which has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, was bumped in the loss to Edmonton. He played nearly 15 minutes, but not in the final minutes, and was in the locker room after the game.
Zucker, 30, was injured in a corner battle. He left the game, appearing to favor his right hip.
Last season, Zucker played only 41 of 82 games due to a core muscle injury and surgery. He has six points (1-5-6) in the first six games this season.
Sullivan also indicated that Jake Guentzel, who missed the last two games with an ear injury sustained when he was hit by teammate Kris Letang’s shot against the LA Kings last Thursday, has been skating Tuesday morning.
PHN will have full coverage of Sam Poulin’s NHL debut from the Scotiabank Saddledome and update on Jason Zucker’s condition during the remainder of the Penguins’ five-game road trip through Western Canada and Seattle.