Poulin Returning From Mental Health Hiatus
Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Poulin is ending his self-imposed absence from their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.
Poulin announced his return on Instagram this morning.
“Three months ago, I made a decision to take a break from hockey and return home to take care of myself and my mental health. After seeking the help I needed, I am now ready to return to Wilkes-Barre to rejoin my team. I want to thank everyone who helped me get through this difficult time, including my family, my girlfriend, my friends, my medical team, the entire Pittsburgh Penguins organization, my teammates and the fans, who showed unconditional love and support. I strongly encourage everyone to speak openly about mental health because it affects us all. For those who may be struggling, please know that you are not alone.”
Poulin was the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first-round choice, No. 21 overall, in the 2019 NHL draft.
He had a strong showing during training camp last fall before being assigned to Wilkes-Barre, where he put up four goals in 13 games before stepping away from the game.
Poulin also logged his first three NHL games earlier this season, recording one point, an assist, in three appearances with the Penguins.
Neither the Penguins nor Wilkes-Barre/Scranton confirmed Poulin’s return or gave any indication when he might resume playing.
Good on Sam on multiple levels
Welcome back, Sam!
What good are draft picks when you can’t evaluate young talent? Discuss.
It’s a crap shoot either way you have picks (jury’s still out on Poulin) that don’t work out but the players you pick up for those draft picks may not work out either. We added 3 players at the deadline only one left and he’s taking up 5 mill. It’s luck.