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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/16/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208

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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. Oct 3 - 1:14 PM

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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.
Sep 27 - 9:01 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.
Sep 12 - 10:23 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.
Jul 18 - 11:01 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.
Jun 14 - 7:17 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.
Apr 26 - 11:11 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.
Apr 25 - 9:07 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.
Apr 22 - 7:13 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.
Apr 22 - 11:35 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.
Apr 20 - 7:05 PM

Derrick Pouliot is questionable for Game 3 on Monday as he still has an upper body injury.

Pouliot has been skating but has not been cleared to return to action. He had only two goals and seven points in 34 games this season but the rookie has a boatload of offensive skills and should be considered late in deeper drafts next season.
Apr 19 - 8:51 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins won't get Derrick Pouliot back in their defensive mix against the New York Rangers in Game 2.

Pouliot has the kind of offensive ability that could come up big with Kris Letang sidelined, but it's just not meant to be for the Penguins' defense, at least not on Saturday.
Apr 18 - 2:06 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) skated in an optional workout on Friday.

The blueliner missed Thursday's opening game of the playoffs but he has to be close to returning to the lineup. The offensively talented blueliner is still a few years away from reaching his potential but is worth looking at late in deeper pools next season. He had two goals and seven points for the Penguins in 34 games this season.
Apr 18 - 9:18 AM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) won't be available for Thursday's playoff opener.

Coach Mike Johnston said Pouliot is "moving in the right direction," but it's unclear if he'll be ready to play in Game 2. Pouliot sat out the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
Apr 16 - 3:29 PM

Derrick Pouliot (upper body) missed Tuesday's practice.

Pouliot was initially projected to be ready for Game 1 on Thursday, but that perhaps that has changed. He had two goals and seven points in 34 regular season games.
Apr 14 - 12:57 PM

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