The Penguins reassigned Pouliot to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday. The Penguins recalled Tristan Jarry, who will serve as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup while Matt Murray (lower body) is in recovery mode, from the minors in a corresponding move Thursday. Pouliot has failed to tally a point while registering a disappointing minus-3 rating over seven games with the big club this season.
Pouliot will serve as a healthy scratch Friday against the Devils. He's made several costly gaffes since his recall and will sit on the bench while Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel skate on Pittsburgh's blue line. Pouliot has yet to pick up a point in five games for the Pens.
Pouliot hasn't picked up a point in four games since his recall from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and has seen his playing time decrease over the last two games. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pittsburgh send the 22-year-old back to the Baby Penguins. Pouliot's poor defense led to two Columbus goals Thursday and after the game, coach Mike Sullivan questioned the compete level of some of players -- a thinly veiled reference to Pouliot. The young blueliner has showed few positive signs in his limited NHL play and could be on the block at the trade deadline in two months.
Pouliot was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Thursday. With Kris Letang sustaining a lower-body injury on Wednesday night that will keep him out for the foreseeable future, Pouliot is the next man up in Pittsburgh. The 22-year-old has played in only seven games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since returning from injury in November, posting two penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating over that span. Don't expect a deluge of minutes from him right off the bat.
Pouliot (undisclosed) was sent down to the minors Wednesday. Per NHL rules, Pouliot must have been cleared for action prior to being shipped off to the AHL. The youngster has been a top blue line prospect for the Pens for some time, yet injuries and a lack of consistent play have seen him relegated to the minors for much of his career thus far. The Saskatchewan native is likely on a short list of potential call ups should Pittsburgh need some additional depth due to injuries down the road.
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