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Derrick Pouliot
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Born January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16) (age 25)
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2012
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2013–present

Derrick Pouliot (born January 16, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He 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 CareerEdit

Midget Hockey Playing CareerEdit

Derrick 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 even though he still qualified to play in bantam at the time.

A highly regarded prospect, Derrick was taken at the 1st overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks, who placed him on their protected list.

He then rejoined Moose Jaw for the full season in 2009–10, finishing as a point-per-game player (14 goals, 29 assists). Derrick finished fourth on his team in scoring and as the top-scoring defenceman.

During the course of the season, Derrick found time to play for the Winterhawks, first in January and again after the Warriors were eliminated, recording a single assist in seven games, as he played against players who were three to four years his senior.

Major Junior Playing CareerEdit

Derrick 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 Bartschi and Joe Morrow), he played the majority of the season and finished with 30 points in 66 games.

During the season, Derrick 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.

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.

In an opening-round sweep of the Everett Silvertips, Derrick 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.

Derrick 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, Derrick'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, he was a member of Canada's gold-medal team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Derrick 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 Playing CareerEdit

On October 21, 2014, Derrick was assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On December 20, 2014, during a rash of injuries to the Penguins defencemen, he 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.

In 2016, he won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA SMAAAHL 51120
2009–10 Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA SMAAAHL 4314294338 40224
2009–10 Portland Winterhawks WHL 70110
2010–11 Portland Winterhawks WHL 665253038 2113416
2011–12 Portland Winterhawks WHL 7211485979 223141718
2012–13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 449364560 214162012
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10000
2013–14 Portland Winterhawks WHL 5817537074 215273213
2014–15 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 31 7 17 24 20 6 1 2 3 2
2014–15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 342574
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

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Western WHC17 6th 5 0 3 3 2
2011 Canada IH18 Template:Goca 5 2 1 3 4
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 1 4 5 8
Junior totals 17 3 8 11 14

AccoladesEdit

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