Pouliot picked up an assist on Phil Kessel's goal Tuesday in a 2-0 win over New Jersey -- his first point of the year. It was just his second NHL game of the season, but the Penguins' 2012 first-round pick (eighth overall) has been scoring consistently in the AHL, where he's racked up six goals and 23 points in 37 games. It's worth noting that Pouliot saw minimal ice time in this one, skating a meager 11:34 with no action on special teams in his third-pairing role.
Pouliot picked up an assist -- his first NHL point of the season -- in a 2-0 win Tuesday. He chipped in with a secondary assist on Phil Kessel's goal. Pouliot played markedly better than he did in his debut Friday, skating primarily with Ben Lovejoy at even strength. He compiled on 11:34 TOI but the effort might help the young defender in the confidence department. Pouliot scored six goals and 23 points in 37 AHL contests before his promotion to Pittsburgh.
Pouliot has been recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Pouliot gets the call with Kris Letang (wrist) and David Warsofsky (undisclosed) dealing with their respective injuries. He hasn't played in the NHL since 2014-15, when he logged seven points and a minus-11 rating with the Pens.
Pouliot has scored five goals and 17 points in 26 AHL games for the Baby Penguins, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pens associate GM Jason Botterill feels Pouliot is making progress. "There's still a level of consistency he needs to bring to his game, but he has the ability, the vision and the offensive skill to make plays that a lot of other players in our organization can't make," Botterill noted. Ideally, when the Penguins recall Pouliot sometime in the next month he will stick with the NHL team for good -- at least that's what the organization is shooting for.
Pouliot scored one goal and assisted on another Friday in his first action since being cited for public drunkenness. It doesn't look like his brush with the law has hindered his game. Pouliot now has two goals, six assists and a plus-6 rating in nine AHL games. While he's expected to spend most of 2015-16 with the Baby Pens, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Pittsburgh recall him if his game matures on and off the ice.
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