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Penguins sign top pick Poulin to entry-level deal

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Samuel Poulin. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- The Penguins have now locked up their top two picks in this summer's draft.

Sunday morning the Penguins announced the signing of first-round pick Samuel Poulin to a three-year entry-level contract.

"Sam is a good, young forward whose style is hard to play against," said Jim Rutherford. "He has had a good training camp and we're happy to get him signed and look forward to watching his development."

The contract won’t take effect until Poulin turns pro. At 18 years old, Poulin is not yet eligible to play in the AHL, so the Penguins’ options are to return him to his junior team, the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix, or keep him in the NHL for the full year.

Poulin is eligible to play up to nine games in the NHL before the Penguins must make a decision on retuning him to juniors. His contract would kick in once he plays a 10th game. If the Penguins keep Poulin in juniors until he is eligible to play in the AHL, he would turn pro in 2021-22.

On Friday, the Penguins signed 2019 third-round pick Nathan Legare to an entry-level contract.

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