Derrick Pouliot
Born January 16 1994 (1994-01-16) (age 26),
Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
6 ft 0 in (0 m)
208 lb (94 kg; 14)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Pittsburgh Penguins
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2012
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2013–present

Derrick Pouliot (born January 16, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pouliot was selected eighth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed an entry-level contract with them the following September.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Midget[edit | edit source]

Pouliot made his appearance at the midget level for the Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA of the SMAAAHL in 2008–09 with a short, five-game stint,[1] though he still qualified to play in bantam at the time. A highly regarded prospect, Pouliot was taken at the 1st overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks,[2] who placed him on their protected list. Pouliot then rejoined Moose Jaw for the full season in 2009–10, finishing as a point-per-game player (14 goals, 29 assists).[3] Pouliot finished fourth on his team in scoring and as the top-scoring defenceman. During the course of the season, Pouliot found time to play for the Winterhawks, first in January and again after the Warriors were eliminated,[4] recording a single assist in seven games, as he played against players who were three to four years his senior.

Major Junior[edit | edit source]

2010–11[edit | edit source]

Pouliot joined the Winterhawks for the 2010–11 season. On a team laden with talent (2010 4th- and 5th-overall picks Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter along with future first-round picks in 2011 Sven Bärtschi and Joe Morrow), Pouliot played the majority of the season and finished with 30 points in 66 games.[5] During the season, Pouliot was invited to play for Canada-West at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, finishing with three assists in five games as Canada-West lost in the fifth-place game to Canada-Atlantic.[6] Portland finished the regular season with 103 points in the standings, finishing one point ahead of US Division rival Spokane to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference.[7]

In an opening-round sweep of the Everett Silvertips, Pouliot scored a goal in the Game 2 7–2 rout, his only point of the series. Following a win in the conference semifinals against the B.C. Division champion Kelowna, the Winterhawks lost 4–1 to the Kootenay Ice. Pouliot posted an assist in each of Portland's first two games in the series, including a helper on Ty Rattie's overtime power play game-winner in Game 1. While Portland had a successful post-season, Pouliot's 4 points in 21 games were considered disappointing after a regular season in which he had averaged a half-point per game. Over the summer, Pouliot was a member of Canada's gold-medal team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

2011–12[edit | edit source]

Pouliot entered his draft year with a 4-assist night in only his second game of the season[8] and while his output dipped as the season went along, he was performing much better in his second full season with the Winterhawks. Despite being left off Canada's roster for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Pouliot was listed in the top 10 of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the mid-season rankings though, once again, not as the best defenceman.[9] Pouliot finished the season with 59 points, almost doubling his output from the season before, while playing in all 72 of Portland's games. The Winterhawks again had a stellar season, ending up as the most prolific offensive team in the WHL, due in part to Pouliot's scoring prowess.

Portland swept their opening round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets, in which Pouliot produced 2 assists, and beat the Kamloops Blazers to move on to the conference finals versus the Tri-City Americans, a matchup which pitted the top offensive and defensive teams in the WHL against one another. In another four-game sweep of the Americans, Pouliot put up a 4-assist performance in Game 2, assisting on each of the Winterhawks' goals except the overtime game-winner.[10] In their second consecutive finals appearance, the Winterhawks were matched up against the Edmonton Oil Kings, who finished the regular season with the best record in the league. Portland lost the series in seven games, and Pouliot, who had been effective in the first five games of the series, was silent in the last two, including being on the ice for two of Edmonton's goals in Game 7.[11]

Despite the outcome, Pouliot produced 17 points in 22 games during the playoffs. The final Central Scouting rankings placed him as the #12-ranked North American skater.[12] The draft host Pittsburgh Penguins took Pouliot with the 8th overall selection that they had obtained from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade[13] when Pittsburgh had their own first-round selection at 22nd overall.[14] Less than a week later, Pouliot was invited to Canada's National Development Camp,[15] the first stepping stone in joining the 2013 WJC roster. A few months later, Pouliot signed a 3-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh[16] just a few days before the 2012-13 NHL lockout was to begin.[17]

2012–13[edit | edit source]

With the departure of fellow Penguins draft pick Joe Morrow to the AHL, Pouliot became the Winterhawks' star offensive defenceman and immediately rose to the challenge. Pouliot took charge of the power play and increased his scoring. By the end of November, Pouliot had posted 24 points in 26 games, including 5- and 6-game point streaks, earning him an invitation to Canada's WJC selection Camp with fellow Penguins prospect Scott Harrington.[18] However, after the second day of the camp, Pouliot was returned to Portland.[19] Upon his return to the WHL, Pouliot immediately produced a 3-assist game and finished with 12 points in the month of December.

In the third game back in January, Pouliot suffered a high ankle sprain (unreported at the time), and would miss time intermittently over the next few months.[20] Nevertheless, he finished the regular season with 45 points in 44 games. Portland finished with the best record in the WHL (57–12–1–2) along with the top offence in the league and the best defence in the conference.[21] In a five-game opening series win over the Everett Silvertips, Pouliot finished with 9 points[22] (6 coming on the power play) as well as assisting on the game-winner in the deciding match.[23]

In a second round sweep of the Spokane Chiefs, the Winterhawks scored 18 goals and allowed only 3, and Pouliot recorded a 4-point night in the opening match.[24] A win over the Kamloops Blazers in the conference finals propelled the Winterhawks into the WHL finals for the third straight season. Portland won in six games, during which Pouliot posted four assists, finishing the playoffs with 20 points in 21 games to lead all defencemen in postseason scoring.[25]

Despite a disappointing loss to the Halifax Mooseheads in the Memorial Cup Final, Pouliot's seven points led all defencemen for the tournament.[26] And with the Winterhawks finished for the season, Pouliot still joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their last game of the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.

2013–14[edit | edit source]

Pouliot returned to the WHL for the 2013–14 WHL season, allowing him to make the Canadian WJC roster before embarking on his professional career.

Professional[edit | edit source]

2014–15[edit | edit source]

On October 21, 2014, Pouliot was assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins.[27] On December 20, 2014, during a rash of injuries to the Penguins defencemen, Pouliot was recalled for the first time in his career subsequently he made his NHL debut and scored his first NHL goal on his first shot against Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers.[28][29]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA SMAAAHL 5 1 1 2 0
2009–10 Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA SMAAAHL 43 14 29 43 38 4 0 2 2 4
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 7 0 1 1 0
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 66 5 25 30 38 21 1 3 4 16
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 72 11 48 59 79 22 3 14 17 18
2012–13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 44 9 36 45 60 21 4 16 20 12
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Portland Winterhawks WHL 58 17 53 70 74 21 5 27 32 13
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 31 7 17 24 20 6 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 2 5 7 4
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 37 6 17 23 26
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 0 7 7 2 2 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 56 2 12 14 6 2 0 0 0 2

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Western WHC17 6th 5 0 3 3 2
2011 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon.svg 5 2 1 3 4
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 1 4 5 8
Junior totals 17 3 8 11 14

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
WHL Bantam Draft Drafted First Overall by the Portland Winterhawks 2009 [30]
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Tournament All-Star Team 2011 [31]
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal with Team Canada 2011 [32][33]
NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp 2011 [34]
CHL Top Prospects Game – Team Orr 2012 [35]
Ed Chynoweth Cup Champion – Portland Winterhawks 2013 [36]
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2013 [37]
WHL First All-Star Team (West) 2013–14 [38]
CHL Defenseman of the Year 2013–14 [39]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Moose Jaw Warriors: 2008–09", Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  2. "Winterhawks Select Derrick Pouliot", Portland Winterhawks. Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  3. "Moose Jaw Warriors: 2009–10", Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  4. "Derrick Pouliot Game-by-Game: 2009–10", WHL Network. Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  5. "Portland Winterhawks Skaters: 2010–11", WHL Network. Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  6. "World Under-17 Hockey Challenge", Hockey Canada. Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  7. "Standings: 2010–11 Regular Season", WHL Network. Retrieved on May 28, 2013. 
  8. "Derrick Pouliot: 2011–12 Regular Season Game-by-Game", WHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  9. "North American skaters Midterm Rankings", NHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  10. "GAME SUMMARY 1008884", WHL Network, April 21, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  11. "GAME SUMMARY 1008896", WHL Network, May 13, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  12. "North American skaters Final Rankings", NHL Network, May 24, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  13. "Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes", NHL Network, June 22, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  14. "2012 NHL Draft Results", NHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  15. "Derrick Pouliot Invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp", Pittsburgh Penguins, June 28, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  16. "Penguins Sign 2012 First-Round Draft Picks Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta", Pittsburgh Penguins, September 12, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  17. "NHL Lockout 2012: League Imposes Fourth Work Stoppage Since 1992", Huffington Post, September 16, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  18. "Penguins Prospects Harrington, Pouliot Invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp", Pittsburgh Penguins, December 3, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  19. "Pouliot Among Cuts at Canada's WJC Camp", Pittsburgh Penguins, December 13, 2012. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  20. "Winterhawks' defense strengthened with return of highly-regarded Derrick Pouliot", The Oregonian, March 6, 2013. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  21. "Standings: 2012–13 Regular Season", WHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  22. "Derrick Pouliot: 2013 Playoff Game-by-Game", WHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  23. "GAME SUMMARY 1009806", WHL Network, April 2, 2013. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  24. "GAME SUMMARY 1009822", WHL Network, April 6, 2013. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  25. "Top Scorers: 2013 WHL Playoffs – Defensemen", WHL Network. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  26. "Top Scorers: 2013 Memorial Cup – Defensemen", Mastercard Memorial Cup. Retrieved on July 6, 2013. 
  27. Penguins Assign Defenseman Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
  28. Penguins Recall Defensemen Derrick Pouliot and Taylor Chorney.
  29. 3 Impressions: Pens 3, Cats 1.
  30. Derrick Pouliot impresses early.
  31. Ontario crowned U17 Challenge champions. Winnipeg Sun.
  32. CHL Network. CHL Network.
  33. Canada routs Switzerland, advances at Hlinka. Fox News.
  34. CHL Network. CHL Network.
  35. CHL stars show off skills before Prospect Game – CityNews
  36. WHL Network.
  37. Memorial Cup. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016.
  38. WHL ANNOUNCES ALL-STARS & AWARDS FINALISTS. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014.
  39. Former Penguins first-rounder Derrick Pouliot named top defenseman. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joe Morrow
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Olli Määttä
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