Derrick Pouliot

Cam Robinson

2018-04-07

Derrick Pouliot, D

Shoots: L Height: 6-0 Weight: 207
Born: 1994-01-16 Hometown: Weyburn, Saskatchewan Draft: 8th overall by Pittsburgh in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2018 – Pouliot has found a permenant NHL home with the Canucks, recording three goals and 22 points in 70 games while seeing an average of 17:49 per game – with jsut a 1:35 coming on the man-advantage. The offensively inclined right-shot blue liner is a restricted free agent at the end of this season and is expected to earn a modest raise on his current 800k one-year deal. Cam Robinson

October 2017 – After four frustrating pro campaigns, Pittsburgh finally gave up on its would-be successor to Kris Letang. In a telling admission of how far the value had fallen for a one-time eighth-overall draft pick, the Penguins settled for unskilled hardrock Andrey Pedan and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick from the Canucks, who actually waived the hulking, undisciplined Lithuanian the day before. The gifted Pouliot, who never learned to make good defensive decisions, totalled two goals, 14 points and minus-11 in 62 NHL games. If nothing else, Vancouver is getting a solid 23-year-old minor-league defenseman with upside: Pouliot compiled 20 goals and 70 points with plus-32 in 114 AHL games. While Pedan is undoubtedly bound for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pouliot will stay in Vancouver if only because the Canucks don’t want to risk him being claimed on waivers. On a one-year, $800,000 deal, he’ll get every chance to help Vancouver’s anemic offense. While it’s an admission of failure by Pittsburgh, Vancouver made a low-risk deal that won’t hurt them much if Pouliot keeps floundering without the puck. Mark Allan

 

September 2017 – The most-controversial of all Pittsburgh prospects is clearly on his last chance to carve out a spot on the NHL roster. The problem is that the eighth-overall draft pick who oozes elite hockey talent, is not doing enough as a 23-year-old fourth-year pro to force his way onto the team. His unforgivable lapses in concentration and an apparent shortage of desire almost certainly mean Pittsburgh’s season-opening blueline will be Letang, Dumoulin, Maatta, Cole, Schultz and Hunwick. If Pouliot can’t beat out Matt Hunwick, the Pens will cut him, trade him for whatever they can get or return him to the AHL for one final shot at convincing them his desire can come remotely near his innate skill. Mark Allan

 

July 2017 – The 2017-18 season will be the most important of Pouliot’s NHL career, at least with Pittsburgh. The Penguins signed the still-promising, still-frustrating blueliner to an $800,000, one-year contract that amounts to his last chance in Steeltown. The one-way deal, which pays him the same whether he’s in the NHL or AHL, is usually a sign the organization plans to play someone with the big club, although at that figure it doesn’t make much difference. Chosen eighth overall due to his exceptional offensive skill, Pouliot has failed to stick in the NHL because he’s been inconsistent and unable to play effectively without the puck in spite of much-improved physical conditioning. Pouliot’s number of NHL outings has dropped like Pittsburgh’s draft position, from 34 to 22 to an 11-game season in which he failed to notch a big-league point and was minus-4. He wasn’t promoted even once when Penguin blueliners became an endangered species in the season half. Only a strong AHL finish provided GM Rutherford with any optimism. At 23, Pouliot is at a crossroads. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – Due to injury and a baffling inability to learn to process the game at the NHL level, the former eighth-overall pick has been a dreadful letdown, although he’s still just 23. In spite of sublime skating, shooting and puckhandling skill, Pouliot had zero points in 13 NHL games this season. While he had 23 points in 46 AHL games, he had at least that many points in fewer games the past two AHL seasons. He added a goal and an assist but was minus-2 in a disappointing