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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | #51

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (8) / PIT
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Derrick Pouliot will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against St. Louis.
Pouliot was recalled from the minors and he would have played had Kris Letang (wrist) not been ready to return. The 22-year-old has two goals and seven points in 34 games this season. Sergei Plotnikov will also watch from the prexx box. Jan 18 - 8:01 PM

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Derrick Pouliot has been summoned from the minors by Pittsburgh.

He has six goals and 23 points in 37 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL this campaign. Pouliot played in 34 matches with the big club last year, but he hasn't played in the NHL yet in 2015-16.
Jan 18 - 4:16 PM

If David Warsofsky or Kris Letang are too hurt to play Monday against the Blues, Derrick Pouliot will be recalled to pick up some NHL experience.

In 68 career games with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pouliot has posted 13 goals and 47 points split nearly evenly across his two seasons. The 22-year-old is very exciting and it's just a matter of time before he makes a home for himself in Pittsburgh.
Jan 17 - 8:03 PM

Do not be surprised if Derrick Pouliot is recalled shortly.

Pouliot had seven points in 34 games in the NHL last season but has played this season in the minors getting in some much needed experience. He has six goals and 23 points in 37 games this season with the Baby Pens in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a plus-16 rating. He has a lot of offensive potential and should be looked at, especially in keeper leagues, once he is recalled.
Jan 17 - 8:43 AM

Derrick Pouliot scored once and added two assists to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 5-0 win over Springfield.

Pouliot had a weak training camp and was sent to the minors to the surprise of many who thought that the offensive talent of the defenseman was enough to keep him in the NHL. He now has a goal and five points in five games and could get the recall soon if the Penguins pick up any injuries on the blueline.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 09:12:00 AM

It appears as though a weak training camp offering doomed Derrick Pouliot, as the Pittsburgh Penguins sent him to the AHL on Saturday.

He has solid offensive potential, at least if he can crack the lineup, which obviously hasn't been the case. Perhaps this is another example of a team sending a "wake-up call," but either way, hold off on any kind of investment in the scoring blueliner.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Derrick Pouliot has been on the ice for five goals against in only two preseason games.

Pouliot has nice offensive skills but if he cannot play defensively then he will have problems cracking the Penguins blueline. "He's not a regular NHL player," coach Mike Johnston said. "He's a guy who's played games. The first period, he wasn't getting to loose pucks quick. The other thing about his game that I see is he's hanging on to pucks way too much. He's got to move it faster and move it cleaner." Pouliot played 34 games for the Penguins last season and it was hoped he could be a top-four blueliner but he must improve defensively. His fantasy value is high if he makes the team as he should play on the second power play but nothing is guaranteed at this time.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 09:01:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot wants to be ready to play from day one of rookie camp.

"I'm here to prove to the coaches that I'm ready to go from Day 1," Pouliot said after the Penguins rookies beat Montreal, 4-3, in overtime in the tournament opener Friday. "This is Day 1 for us." The 21-year-old has yet to play a full season in the NHL, but he has the upside to be a big piece of Pittsburgh's defense going forward. He had two goals, seven points and minus-11 rating in 34 NHL games last season.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot has been committed this offseason to getting into the best physical shape entering the new season.

The 21-year-old has a prime opportunity in front of him and is expected to become an integral part of the Penguins defense moving forward. He has worked out with ex-Penguin Gary Roberts and revamped his diet. "I think I’m capable of being a reliable defender in this league. I think I can produce even more offensively, too," Pouliot said. "It’s really about taking a two-way role, not giving up anything and creating some chances for us. I’ll come into camp in shape and be able to handle some more minutes and keep up with those guys." Pouliot had seven points in 34 NHL games last year, with 24 points in 31 AHL contests.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Look for Derrick Pouliot to have a prime role on the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline next season.

The defenseman, who was selected eighth overall in the 2012 Draft, is ready to be a full-time member on the Penguins as Pittsburgh will likely lose Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff to free agency on July 1. Pouliot split the season between Pittsburgh and their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and had two goals and seven points in 31 NHL games. Expect to see Pouliot get plenty of power play time and get 30-35 points in 2015-16, with more expected from him in the future.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 07:17:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot said he will go back to the minors now that the Penguins have been eliminated.

Pouliot didn't suit up in the playoffs because he was dealing with an upper body injury. When he's ready to return to action, he will help Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins in their AHL playoff run.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 11:11:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) was unable to play in the playoffs.

Pouliot was hoping to be ready for the start of the playoffs after suffering the injury in the last week of the regular season. But the rookie was unable to go. He should be a fixture on the Penguins blueline for years to come and should hit the 40 point mark in a couple of seasons.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) is still unable to dress for Game 4 Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Head Coach Mike Johnston stated that Pouliot is "really close to playing" but will is not quite ready to dress in Game 4. With that being said, look for him to return in Game 5 Friday night as the Penguins desperately need help on a thinned out blue line.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 07:13:00 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) took part in Pittsburgh's morning skate on Wednesday.

Pouliot has missed the first three games of the playoffs and will probably be unavailable for Game 4 as well. That being said, he's "really close to playing," according to coach Mike Johnston.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) will not return to the Penguins lineup for Game 3 versus the New York Rangers.

Pouliot was unable to dress for Games 1 and 2 in New York and will continue to be sidelined Monday night for Game 3. The 21-year-old defensemen has yet to play in his first career playoff game and was able to tally two goals and seven points in 34 games during the regular season.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 07:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Kevin Porter
6Oskar Sundqvist
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Sergei Plotnikov
4Eric Fehr
5Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Beau Bennett
4Bryan Rust
5Tom Kuhnhackl
6Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Ben Lovejoy
6Ian Cole
7Derrick Pouliot
8David Warsofsky
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff