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Hallander making himself big part of plan ☕


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Filip Hallander -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

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.

And it hasn't.

With good reason.

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