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.