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)
|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|
|2011-12 NY ISLANDERS||6||2||4||0||296||0||15||162||3.04||.907|