|Assets:||Is a very good skater. Also displays a very aggressive nature, which serves him well in both offensive and defensive situations. Can be an effective asset with the man advantage.|
|Flaws:||Needs to become much stronger, since he's undersized by NHL standards. Also, he must continue to work on his defensive-zone coverage in order to maximize his good upside.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile all-round defenseman with good upside.|
|Memorial Cup||All-Star Team||2012-13|
|9/30/2013||Returned to his junior team (Portland-WHL).|
|5/30/2013||Signed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) to an amateur try-out contract.|
|9/15/2012||Returned to his junior team (Portland-WHL).|
|9/12/2012||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to an entry-level contract.|
|6/22/2012||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1st round (8th overall) in 2012.|
D Olli Maatta wants D Derrick Pouliot around | 03/13/2014 10:29 AM
NewsThe 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.
ImpactAmong 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. No members of his developmental staff, though, offered a better ringing endorsement of the Penguins' first first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft than their second first-round pick that year. "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.
Rookie Derrick Pouliot looking good for Pens | 09/21/2013 11:16 AM
NewsDerrick 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.
ImpactHe 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."
Penguins impressed by defense prospects | 07/02/2013 8:50 AM
NewsPittsburgh 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.
Impact"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.
Derrick Pouliot will help Baby Pens in AHL | 05/30/2013 3:49 PM
NewsDerrick Pouliot has agreed to an amateur tryout contract to play for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL.
ImpactFellow 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.
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