Pens’ Pouliot headed back to AHL

With the Pittsburgh Penguins season done, defenseman Derrick Pouliot will head back to the American Hockey League.

Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, currently leads their best-of-five first-round matchup with the Syracuse Crunch 2-0. Game 3 is Wednesday.

Pouliot did not play in any of the five games against the New York Rangers. He suffered an upper body injury on April 7 in Ottawa, but told reporters on Sunday he’s healthy and ready to play.

The 21-year-old had seven points in 34 games with Pittsburgh while averaging 17:33 in time on ice. Pouliot also appeared in 31 AHL games scoring seven goals and 24 points.

Defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who had a plus-1 rating in the five game series, is also headed back to the AHL.

Blue liner Taylor Chorney said if he clears waivers, he will also join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

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