Samuel Poulin will not be defined by his name.
While the son of former NHLer Patrick Poulin has a great relationship with his dad, the Sherbrooke Phoenix left winger is determined to write his own story. “I’m just trying to be the best player I can be,” Poulin said.
There are some similarities, though, as both arrived on the scene as big wingers and highly touted youngsters: his dad was taken first overall in the 1989 QMJHL draft, while Poulin went second in 2017.
A fan of Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gabriel Landeskog, the projected late first-round pick in 2019 is a hard-charger who gets a lot done in tight around the net. “Hockey people would say I’m a power forward,” he said. “I’m working my ass off every time I’m on the ice.”
The leading scorer on a surprising Sherbrooke team, Poulin is ...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.