Off The Post: Ryan Poehling at the 2019 NHLPA Rookie Showcase – Ryan Poehling made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens in their closing game of the 2018-19 season on April 6th, 2019. He scored a hat trick, becoming the first Canadiens player to achieve the feat since Alex Smart on January 14th, 1943. Russ Cohen caught up with Poehling at the 2019 NHLPA Rookie Showcase to chat about the upcoming 2019-20 NHL season.
Ryan Poehling: Center, Montreal Canadiens
Poehling was born in Lakeville, Minnesota in 1999. He played for two seasons at Lakeville North High School and was drafted first overall by the Lincoln Stars in the 2015 USHL draft. He joined the Stars for the 2015-16 season after his high school season completed. He went on to attend St. Cloud State University for the 2016-17 season. As a freshman at St. Cloud State, he played in 35 games and scored 13 points. He was named to the 2016-17 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team.
At the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Poehling was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round with the twenty-fifth overall pick. As a sophomore at St. Cloud State, Poehling scored 31 points in 36 games and helped his team win the regular season in the NCHC. He scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over the Denver Pioneers to help St. Cloud win the Penrose Cup as regular season champions.
Poehling joined the United States team for the 2018 World Junior Championships and helped the team win a bronze medal. He was named to Team USA’s roster for the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. In the tournament, he scored a hat-trick and added one assist in a comeback against Team Sweden. Team USA would lose to Team Finland in the gold medal round, but Poehling was named the tournament MVP and best forward. He finished that tournament with eight points (five goals, three assists) in six games.
On March 31st, 2019, Poehling signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal and joined the team for the remainder of the season. In his NHL debut, he scored a hat trick to help the Canadiens close out the 2018-19 season.
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