CRANBERRY, Pa. -- It could be that Samuel Poulin, the Penguins' first-round choice during last week's draft, will mature into a high-impact player.
That his size and skill will allow Poulin to become a genuine difference-maker when he reaches the NHL.
If so, it will raise the total of such players in the franchise's prospects pipeline to one.
Sure, the Penguins have made a habit of adding once-in-a-lifetime talents to their depth chart with stunning regularity during the past 35 years -- Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, anyone? -- but there was no reason to think that trend could carry on forever.