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St. Cloud State's Ryan Poehling accelerating to play with Huskies

The youngest Poehling, a 1999-born forward, joins his two older brothers as St. Cloud State freshmen next season.

Ryan Poehling playing in the 2015 Minnesota Class AA Boy's Hockey State Tournament.
Ryan Poehling playing in the 2015 Minnesota Class AA Boy's Hockey State Tournament.
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College begins a year early for Ryan Poehling.

The 6'2" Lakeville North (MN-HS) junior forward announced he will accelerate his studies and join St. Cloud State in the fall rather than returning to high school for his senior year or playing juniors.

Poehling, who finished 2015-16 leading Lakeville North with 62 points (21G-41A) in 28 games, fills a void for the Huskies next season that opened up when sophomore Patrick Russell signed with the Edmonton Oilers.

Drafted #1 overall by Lincoln in the 2015 USHL Phase 1 Draft, Poehling is the first player in recent memory to accelerate with St. Cloud. Doing so also has other benefits. The move coincides with Ryan's twin brothers Nick and Jack also coming on campus next season after graduating high school and spending this past year playing for Green Bay (USHL).

All three Poehlng siblings committed to St. Cloud State together on the same day. The forward trio played a major role in Lakeville North's undefeated 2014-15 season and Class AA championship.

Ryan is eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.