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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
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The Penguins' front office is extremely high on prospect Derrick Pouliot and refused to trade him for established players before the NHL's trade deadline last week.
Among those turned down by the Flyers for Pouliot, according to reports, was Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler. What a defense pair Pouliot could potentially give the Pens with Olli Maatta. And Maatta can't wait for that to happen. Perhaps no one is as excited about the idea of Pouliot joining the Pens as Maatta. "I just know how good of a guy (Pouliot) is off the ice," Maatta said. "So, yeah, I'd like to have him here. He has some unbelievable skill. I saw it when we played against one another in junior hockey and at training camp.I can learn from him. I think we can help each other." Maatta, 19 and the No. 22 pick two years ago, has emerged as a Calder Trophy (top rookie) candidate. Pouliot, 20 and the No. 8 pick from 2012, is the Pens' "top prospect not in the NHL," said Tom Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh's assistant general manager. Mar 13 - 10:29 AM

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Derrick Pouliot has 63 points in 52 games and sits second overall in scoring among defensemen in the WHL.

The Penguins first pick and eighth overall in the 2012 Draft has been surpassed on the Penguins depth chart by Olli Maatta who was taken 22nd overall in the same draft. Nevertheless, Pouliot seems to have a bright future with the Penguins as he is considered an important cog in their future.
Mar 9 - 9:44 AM

Derrick Pouliot, drafted eighth overall by the Penguins in 2012, was noticeable for a few reasons in Thursday's 4-3 shootout exhibition win against the Blackhawks.

He scored on a power play in the first period, moving in from the right point and taking a nice cross-zone feed from Chris Kunitz. He also killed penalties against Chicago, a task he took on to a greater extent last year in junior hockey. Pouliot piled up 45 points in 44 games last season with Portland in the Western Hockey League. "Like everyone else here," he said, "I'm pushing for a spot here in training camp. If not, I want it to be a hard decision for the coaches."
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Pittsburgh prospects Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta aren't expected to challenge for a roster spot next season, but they are viewed as important pieces of the team's future.

"We really like how Pouliot can work the power play," GM Ray Shero said. "He's just got that great vision." He racked up 45 points in 44 games for Portland in the WHL last season. Maatta also has some offensive capabilities, which earned him 38 points in 57 games with London of the OHL, and he plays a shutdown role with his junior club. They both can still return to the CHL in 2013-14.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot has agreed to an amateur tryout contract to play for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL.

Fellow Pittsburgh prospects Olli Maatta and Scott Harrington are also with the Baby Penguins during the club's playoff run. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton trails Syracuse 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals of the AHL playoffs. Pouliot just represented Portland in the Memorial Cup Championship, where his Winterhawks were defeated by the Halifax Mooseheads for junior hockey's top prize.
Thu, May 30, 2013 03:49:00 PM

Derrick Pouliot scored the lone goal in the Portland Winterhawks' big 1-0 win over the Kelowna Rockets Friday night.

Pouliot, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and property of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is off to a solid start in WHL action with three points in four games and a plus three rating.
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 05:03:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pouliot was claimed with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He had 59 points and 79 penalty minutes in 72 WHL contests in 2011-12.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Sep 12, 2012 05:26:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken Derrick Pouliot, with the eighth selection in the 2012 draft, after receiving the pick in a big trade that saw Jordan Staal head to Carolina.

Pouliot is one of the best skaters in the draft. He doesn't have elite speed, but his balance and ability to change direction are unmatched by most. His tremendous poise helps him excel at skating the puck out of trouble. Pouliot also has offensive upside evidenced by his 59 points in 72 games with Portland this season. His skating ability allows him to lead the rush and he almost always makes the right first-pass. He even contributed on special teams, leading the power play unit for his club. However, Pouliot must continue to work on his defensive game, while adding more strength and muscle to his frame. Nevertheless, he's produced at all levels he has competed in and will be a nice addition to the Penguins' back end.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 08:18:00 PM

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