2017 NHL Draft
St. Cloud State Huskies (NCHC)
Steve Kournianos | 06/13/2017 | New York | [hupso]
Height / Weight: 6’2, 177 lbs
Born: January 3rd, 1999 | Lakeville, MN.
Nation: United States
The Draft Analyst Ranking:
|2016-17||St. Cloud State (NCHC)||35||7||6||13||12|
|2016-17||Team USA (U18 WC)||7||3||2||5||6|
|2016-17||Team USA (U18 Ivan Hlinka)||5||4||3||7||31|
|2015-16||Lakeville North (HS-MN)||25||20||34||54||10|
|2014-15||Lakeville North (HS-MN)||25||14||24||38||12|
|2013-14||Lakeville North (HS-MN)||24||11||16||27||21|
Poehling is a big-bodied center who was the only 1999-born player participating in Division I hockey. Being a freshman on a strong St. Cloud State squad pushed him into a depth role, but his upside is well within a top line position. He can provide superior play in every situation and displays enough flash to make the thought of him becoming a star discernible. Poehling was a big reason why Team USA can within a whisker of winning gold at the Ivan Hlinka, playing close to 20 minutes a game and producing highlight-reel plays. He can be one heck of a fancy player if the situation calls for it. The stats (7-6-13 in 35 games) are somewhat indicative of a freshman forward on a stacked team, but he’s a strong skater who can dangle, dazzle and hit, drawing comparisons to Nashville’s Ryan Johansen. Poehling can play physical and uses his size and reach to his advantage, especially on the penalty kill, where he is a threat to score. He thinks the game at a high level and has proven to take over games.