Kevin Poulin
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Kevin Poulin

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-12

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (126th overall), 2008

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: In his second season with the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL), Kevin Poulin posted a .887 save percentage and a 3.69 goals against average over 52 games. He participated in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects game.

2008-09: Appeared in 39 games with Victoriaville, posting a .905 Save % and a 3.01 GAA.

2009-10: Poulin continued his progression this season, appearing in 54 games with Victoriaville as their starter. In his time, he posted a .916 Save % and a 2.63 GAA.

2010-11: Poulin made his NHL debut much earlier than expected – appearing in 10 games with the Islanders as a 20-year-old after a rash of injuries decimated the goaltending corps for New York. Poulin played well in his limited time, finishing 4-3 with a 2.44 GAA and .924 save percentage before he too succumbed to injury – hurting his knee in February and missing the last 29 games of the season. Prior to his call-up, Poulin began his first pro season with AHL Bridgeport. In 15 games with the Sound Tigers he was 10-5 with two shutouts and had a 2.19 GAA with a .932 save percentage.

2011-12: Poulin played in six games for the Islanders, making five starts, and appeared in a team-high 49 games for New York's AHL affiliate Bridgeport. He was 2-4 with a 3.04 goals against and .907 percentage for the Islanders. Poulin was 26-22 with 4 overtime losses and 3 shutouts for Bridgeport and had a 2.79 goals against and .912 save percentage. The Sound Tigers finished first in the Northeast Division but were swept in a first round best-of-five playoff series with Connecticut. Poulin started all three games and had a 3.09 goals against and .917 save percentage.

2012-13: Poulin joined the Islanders following the NHL lockout and appeared in five games as a back-up to veteran Evgeni Nabokov, who played in 41 of New York's 48 games. Poulin was 1-3 with a 3.02 goals against and .893 save percentage. Poulin made two relief appearances in the Islanders six-game playoff series with Pittsburgh — stopping 14 of 15 shots faced. He played in 32 games for Bridgeport in the AHL and was 15-14-3 with 1 shutout; finishing with a 3.22 goals against and .904 save percentage. The Sound Tigers missed the AHL playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division.

 

Talent Analysis

An athletic and reactionary netminder, Poulin has finally become consistent. Extremely quick between the pipes, he’ll do anything to stop the puck, often making acrobatic saves. He's learned more fundamentals and combined that with his athleticism.

 

Future

Poulin has started the 2013-14 with the New York Islanders as the backup to Evgeny Nabokov.

 

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