Kevin Poulin

Posted: March 4, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders

Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images North America

The Good: 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. Kevin shows an excellent ability to get his body or legs behind shots he didn’t completely see from release point to the point of arrival. Rarely does he lose sight of the puck for more than a split second. Again, in his limited NHL action, his clear-cut strengths in regards to butterfly technique is puck-tracking and well-placed hand positioning.His recovery mechanics once his skate blades come off the ice are not strong. It takes him a long time to recover from a scramble mode back to his original stance and this has caused him to dive or throw his upper body across his crease in order to seal holes. He displays a high work ethic and level of intense focus from the first minute to the end buzzer. This is a terrific sign that he’s not only in great shape, but he understands how to manage a heavy workload in a single game. Kevin is able to track pucks through screens and traffic very well.

The Bad: His recovery mechanics once his skate blades come off the ice are not strong. It takes him a long time to recover from a scramble mode back to his original stance and this has caused him to dive or throw his upper body across his crease in order to seal holes.  Because Poulin has active hands but relies on good positioning in the crease, he has to be careful when there’s traffic in front of him or off to his sides. Due to the fact that he doesn’t have the fastest footwork or recovery mechanics, pucks that bounce around his feet or are re-directed at the last second will cause bad rebounds or sometimes cause him to lose his balance.

Awards and honours

  • QMJHL Second All-Star Team (2009–10)

areer statistics

Season Team League GP Min W L T/OTL GA GAA SV% SO
2006–07 Victoriaville Tigres QJMHL 24 1220 10 6 0 68 3.34 .896 0
2007–08 Victoriaville Tigres QJMHL 52 2734 18 23 3 171 3.75 .885 0
2008–09 Victoriaville Tigres QJMHL 39 1220 18 16 3 114 3.01 .905 1
2009–10 Victoriaville Tigres QJMHL 54 3105 35 16 0 136 2.63 .916 7
2010–11 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 15 903 10 5 0 33 2.19 .932 2
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 10 491 4 2 1 20 2.44 .924 0
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 13 766 6 7 0 43 3.37 .892 0
QMJHL Totals 165 9931 81 65 6 492 3.16 .901 8
AHL Totals 25 1669 16 12 0 76 2.73 .914 2
NHL Totals 10 491 4 2 1 20 2.44 .924 0
GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 NY ISLANDERS 6 2 4 0 296 0 15 162 3.04 .907
ON PACE 7 2 5 0 394 0 19 215 3.04 .907

Drafted: 126th overall, 2008
New York Islanders

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