Penguins’ prospect Samuel Poulin: ‘I’ll be ready’ if needed in playoffs

Penguins’ prospect Samuel Poulin: ‘I’ll be ready’ if needed in playoffs
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The Penguins' 2019 first-round pick Samuel Poulin got a piece of advice before making the trip from Quebec to Pittsburgh to join training camp as a Black Ace.

The advice came from his father, Patrick, whose 10-year NHL career began 28 years ago when he joined the Whalers as a Black Ace for the 1992 playoffs and played in all seven of the Whalers’ games against the Canadiens in the first round.

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"He just told me to be ready at any time," Poulin said. "You never know when your chance is going to be. Just be prepared as best as possible, and if they need me I'll be ready for it."

Regardless of if Poulin’s shot at the NHL comes this summer, the experience of being on the Penguins’ expanded roster provides the valuable experience of going through a training camp and getting acquainted with the players and coaches before that opportunity comes.

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