Poehling is experiencing shoulder and wrist discomfort, but it did not prevent him from playing in a game against Ottawa's rookies Saturday, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Poehling is considered one of the more likely Montreal rookies, along with Nick Suzuki, with a realistic shot at making the NHL roster out of training camp. The St. Cloud State star may be best remembered for the hat trick he posted in his NHL debut last April in the final game of the 2018-19 season. If the 20-year-old center sticks with the parent club, Poehling may be relegated to the fourth line, which could be counter-productive to his development.
Poehling scored a hat trick and clinched the game in the shootout in a 6-5 win over Toronto on Saturday.
Welcome to the NHL. This was Poehling's debut and he gave Montreal fans something amazing after the team dropped out of postseason contention last game. Poehling was a standout star for the USA at the recent World Junior Championship and at St. Cloud State. He'll never live up to the hype, but man that was a great debut. And a huge boost for fantasy owners who took a flier on him in DFS.
Poehling will make his NHL debut Saturday, with the first-round draft pick (2017) projected to center the fourth line against the Maple Leafs, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Poehling signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Habs this past Sunday, so it's been quite a week for the prospect, who went 25th overall to Montreal. The 20-year-old -- who crafted eight goals, 23 assists and a plus-12 rating with St. Cloud State this season -- is worth a flier if you want a sneaky value play in DFS, though it's not a sure bet that he's even available for the taking on all sites with just one game left in the regular season.
Poehling signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens on Sunday, Jean-Francois Chaumont of Le Journal de Montreal reports.
Poehling returned to St. Cloud State this season with hopes of winning a national championship, but those dreams ended in the first round as the Huskies, who were the tournament favorites, were upset by American International. The 20-year-old had a superb career in St. Cloud, compiling 22 goals and 62 points over 72 games in his final two seasons. Poehling also put on a show at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships, scoring five goals and adding three helpers in seven games to help the United States win silver. He'll finish out the campaign with the Canadiens, who have three games left to secure a playoff birth. It's unclear when he'll be inserted into the lineup, but his first chance will be Tuesday versus the Lightning.
Poehling scored twice and added two assists in St. Cloud State's 5-1 win over Miami (Ohio) on Friday.
Poehling's impressive junior campaign continues. The 2017 first-round selection (25th overall) is now averaging exactly a point per game through 23 contests for the Huskies and he played exceptionally well for Team USA at the World Juniors. Poehling is a physical, capable two-way center who appears to be just about ready for NHL duty. Expect Montreal to do everything in its power to sign him to an entry-level contract after St. Cloud State's season comes to a conclusion.
Poehling tallied a natural hat trick in the third period to force extra time in the United States' eventual 5-4 overtime loss to Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday.
He also added an assist. With his team down 4-1 and seemingly playing out the string, Poehling scored three times in 6:11 to force OT, including twice in 13 seconds in the game's final minute. Poehling began the tournament playing the wing before moving back to center due to the injury suffered by top 2019 draft prospect Jack Hughes. His seven points are tied with Canada's Morgan Frost for the tournament lead. A big body with terrific hockey sense, Poehling is averaging more than a point-per-game (17 points in 16 games) in his junior season at St. Cloud State. It's far more likely than not that Poehling signs with Montreal after his collegiate campaign ends.
Poehling will skate for Team USA at the IIHF Under-20 Championship that kicks off Wednesday in British Columbia, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Poehling, Montreal's first-round selection in the 2017 draft, returns to the team after earning a bronze medal in last year's tourney. The soon-to-be 20-year-old center plays a 200-foot game that should get him plenty of ice time as USA's No. 2 center. He has three goals and 14 assists over 16 games for the St. Cloud State Huskies, who rank No. 1 in the NCAA.
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