Pouliot with the Portland Winterhawks
January 16, 1994 |
Weyburn, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|WHL team||Portland Winterhawks|
|NHL Draft||8th overall, 2012
Derrick Pouliot (born January 16, 1994) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Pouliot was selected 8th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and signed an entry-level contract with them the following September.
Pouliot made his appearance at the midget level for the Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA of the SMAAAHL in 2008-09 with a short, 5-game stint. Though he still qualified to play in bantam at the time. A highly regarded prospect at the time, Pouliot was taken at the 1st-overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks, placing him on their protected list. Pouliot rejoined Moose Jaw for the full season in 2009-10, playing in 43 of their 44 regular season games and being a point-per-game player (14 goals, 29 assists). Pouliot finished 4th on his team in scoring but was by far the top-scoring defenseman, leading his counterparts by 29 points. Moose Jaw, itself, was not a good team, finishing the regular season with a 20-24 mark placing them sixth in the 8-team playoff. Moose Jaw won the first game against the Notre Dame Hounds 4-3, but lost the next three games by a combined 12-4 and exited the postseason. Pouliot could only manage 2 assists in the two games, but the team as a whole failed to provide much of a challenge for the #3 seed. During the course of Moose Jaw's season Pouliot found time to play with Portland of the WHL in early- and late-January, and then again after the Warriors were eliminated. and while he recorded a single assist in seven games, he was playing against players 3–4 years older than him.
By the start of the 2010–11 season, Portland felt that Pouliot had developed enough to warrant a roster spot on a team in the running for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. 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 Baertschi and Joe Morrow), Pouliot played the majority of the season and finished with 30 points in 66 games but he went through a few dry spells throughout the season, having months of 7, 3, 4, 0, 8 and 3 points, though he seemed to get better as the season progressed. During the season, Pouliot was invited to play for Canada-West at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, finishing with 3 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 1 point ahead of U.S. Division rival Spokane for the top spot in the Western Conference.
The opening round found them against the Everett Silvertips, who provided an easy path to the second round with a 4–0 sweep. Pouliot scored a goal in the game-two 7–2 rout, his only point of the series. In the conference semifinals, Portland came up against B.C. Division champion Kelowna and though they pushed to a six-game series, Portland prevailed once more, holding the Rockets to 2 goals in each of the last three games. Pouliot was held scoreless in the six games and finished with a +2 rating. In the conference finals, Portland and Spokane met, with the top two offenses in the conference meeting (as well as Spokane's #1 defense). Pouliot and fellow defenders held the Chiefs attack to 3 goals or less in five of the six games in the series, allowing the Chiefs to eke out three one-goal victories. Pouliot's only point of the series came as a secondary assist in the 6–3 win for the Winterhawks that sent them to the WHL Championship. In the WHL finals, Portland' opponents were the Kootenay Ice, who had come off of two straight series sweeps against 100-point teams. Portland provided a more even match-up for the East Conference champs, with three overtime games being played in the series, but the Ice couldn't be denied their third WHL title in franchise history, winning the series 4–1. 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 disappointing after he averaged around a point every-other game during the regular season. Over the summer, Pouliot took part in Canada's gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
With Pouliot entering his first season of draft eligibility in 2012 the upcoming season would be an important one for his future prospects. With expectations high, Pouliot got off to a roaring start with a 4-assist night in only his second game of the season and while his output predictably dipped as the season went along he was performing much better in his second full season with the Winterhawks. Regardless of his play Pouliot was not the best player or even the best defenseman on his team as Joe Morrow could easily be seen as more effective offensive defenseman and was by Hockey Canada when they released their invitees to the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships that had Morrow on and Pouliot off the list. Despite the snub 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 defenseman. 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, for their part, played though the season on a roughly equivalent pace as the year before, finishing with 102 points in the standings (failing to capture their second-straight conference title by 2 points) and ending up as the #1 offense in the WHL, due in part to Pouliot's scoring prowess.
In the opening round Portland was faced with the 6th-seed Kelowna Rockets and while the underdogs were able to produce three separate 3-goal games, they were no match for the high-powered Winterhawk offense that averaged over 5 goals per game. Portland swept the series 4-0 with every game a multiple-goal victory. Pouliot himself only produced 2 assists in the route but was hardly needed. April, 2012 saw the opening of Portland's second series, this time against the 2nd-seed Kamloops Blazers, winners of the B.C. Division and the #2 defense in the Western Conference, who themselves had finished off their first-round opponents in a 4-game sweep. Despite being the lower seed Portland finished the regular season with a better record than Kamloops, allowing them to be the home team for the series. Portland won first three games of the series in a similar fashion to how they handled Kelowna, scoring 14 goals with Pouliot again not called upon to produce much (1 assist) but just as it seemed that Kamloops was about to bow out meekly they came roaring back in the series. Kamloops overwhelmed the Winterhawks putting up 5-, 7- and 7-goal games as they were on the brink of elimination, evening the series and forcing a deciding 7th game. Pouliot too had woken up in the 3 losses, garnering 5 points including two goals in game four that pushed Portland to a 4-0 lead before they allowed 5 consecutive goals and lost control of the series. Kamloops, however, could not hold their pace any longer; Portland's defense awoke as they won the game 2-0, their lowest offensive output that resulted in a win for the entire playoffs.
Portland's only remaining obstacle to the WHL final were the Tri-City Americans, the top seed in the conference and #1 defense in the entire league. Tri-City, however, had also just ended a 7-game series, so the amount of rest that the Winterhawks received after their brush with playoff death was moot. Portland kicked off the series on the road, stealing both games in Kennewick by 5-4 overtime decisions. with Tri-City reeling, Portland learned from its second round error and put the Americans out of their misery with 3-1 and 4-1 victories at home, sealing their second sweep of the 2012 playoffs. As he had been in the first sweep, Pouliot was mostly quiet in the conference finals, being held scoreless in three of the four games, though he did put up a 4-assist performance in the second game, assisting on all of the Winterhawk's goals except for the overtime game-winner. In their second-consecutive finals appearance, the Winterhawks were pitted against the Edmonton Oil Kings, the #2 offense and defense in the WHL who had received the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy for the best record in the regular season, who unlike the Winterhawks had breezed through the first three rounds of the playoffs, losing only 1 game and allowing more than three goals only once on their way to the first WHL finals appearance in team history. Portland split the two opening games in Edmonton, losing 2-3 before rebounding with a 5-1 win, sending the series to Portland tied 1-1. After a 4-3 victory by Portland in game three, the two teams fought to a 3-3 time at the end of regulation in the following match with Edmonton gaining the upper hand in overtime and once again tying up the series, this time at 2-2. The Winterhawks were unable to reign in the Oil Kings in game five, losing 3-4 despite Pouliot's 2-assists that both came on game-tying goals (his 4th and 5th points of the series). After a 3-2 win at home that saw the series tied one final time, Portland was unable to keep up with Edmonton in game seven, dropping the match 4-1 for their second consecutive finals loss. 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 the deciding game.
Regardless of the disappointing end Pouliot had had a fantastic playoff, producing 17 points in 22 games (a vast improvement over the previous season) and being called upon in a greater role than he had as a WHL rookie. Central Scouting thought so as well, placing him as the #12-ranked North American skater in their final ranking on May 24th. According to most mock drafts, Pouliot was projected to be taken somewhere in the high-teens-to-mid-20's range when the draft took place, so it was a slight surprise when the host Pittsburgh Penguins took Pouliot with the 8th overall selection that they had obtained from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade when Pittsburgh had their own first-round selection at 22nd overall. Less than a week later Pouliot was invited to Canada's National Development Camp, the first stepping stone in joining the 2013 WJC roster. A few months later Pouliot signed a 3-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh just a few days before the 2012 NHL Lockout was to begin.
With the NHL Lockout in full effect there was no training camp for Pouliot to attend in September, allowing him to start the season with Portland without missing any of their early-season games (a common occurrence with CHL players who have been drafted). With the departure of fellow Penguins draft pick, Joe Morrow, to the AHL Pouliot became the Winterhawks' star offensive defenseman and immediately rose to the challenge. Pouliot took charge of the power play and started putting up points on an even better pace than he had the year before. By the end of November Pouliot had posted 24 points in 26 games, including a 5- and 6-game point streak, earning him an invitation to Canada's WJC selection Camp with fellow Penguin's prospect Scott Harrington. After the second day of the camp, however, Pouliot was returned to Portland and though there were attempts to minimize the slight Pouliot was predictably disappointed in the result. Upon his return to the WHL Pouliot immediately produced a 3-assist game and eventually finished with 12 points in the month of December before the season was suspended for the holidays. Pouliot helplessly watched from home as Team Canada, after a tremendous preliminary round, lost both games in the playoff round, allowing 11 goals in two games and finished without a medal for the first time in 15 years.
After the WHL season restarted in January Pouliot picked up where he left off, recording an assist in each of his first two games but was injured in the third game and was forced to miss some time to recover. Though he reappeared in the lineup two weeks later he only played one game before being sidelined so the injury could properly heal. Though it was not reported at the time (Portland called it a 'lower body injury') Pouliot's high ankle sprain kept him out of the lineup until the first week of March. A well-rested Pouliot returned to play five games before the start of the 2013 playoffs, posting 7 points in the stretch to finish the Regular season with 45 points. Though his total output declined significantly from the year before, Pouliot played in only 44 games, resulting in a much improved point-per-game ratio for 2012-13. Despite his absence, Portland finished with the best record in the WHL (57-12-1-2) along with the top offense in the league and the best defense in the conference. Portland faced off against the Everett Silvertips in the first round and though they dropped the first game, Portland remained in control of the series, winning games by scores of 4-1, 7-3, 11-4 and 5-1. in the six-game series, Pouliot's prowess was on display as he finished with 9 points (6 coming on the power play) as well as assisting on the game-winner in the deciding match.
In the second round Portland was pitted against the Spokane Chiefs and both their offense and defense rose to the challenge. In the four-game sweep Spokane managed only 3 goals while the Winterhawks filled the net with 18 of their own. Pouliot recorded a 4-point night in the opening match, with two more on the power play, but failed to score again for the balance of the series. Despite that he was still able to finish with a +5 rating in the four games. The conference finals saw Portland against Kamloops with the Winterhawks dominating once more. Aside from a 5-1 game three victory, the Blazers could score no more than 1 goal per game as Portland took the series 4 games to 1 potting 12 goals in the process. Pouliot was rather quiet (offensively) in the series, scoring 3 assists, but finishing a +2 regardless. Finding themselves in the WHL finals for the third straight season, Portland faced off against the team that ended their season the previous year in Edmonton. This time the home team, Portland started off their series with a 4-1 loss before rattling off three consecutive victories (two coming in Edmonton) to take a stranglehold on the matchup. Edmonton was able to eek out a 3-2 win in overtime to push the series to a sixth game, but Portland put the series to bed with a 5-1 victory in Edmonton to capture their third Ed Chynoweth Cup (the first in 15 years) and send them to the 2013 Memorial Cup. Pouliot acquitted himself well in the series as the Winterhawks relied on his offensive and defensive performances in the relatively low-scoring series. He posted 4 assists in the six games, including helpers on the game-winners in Portland's final two victories (one on the power play, the other on the penalty kill) to finish the playoffs with 20 points in 21 games (half coming on the power play) to lead all defensemen in postseason scoring.
Pouliot began his first Memorial Cup against the QMJHL champion Halifax Mooseheads and after a quick start Portland found themselves up 3-1 in the game, but Halifax demonstrated their own league-leading offence by scoring 5 consecutive goals (including a Nathan MacKinnon hat trick) eventually taking the game 7-4. Despite a 3-assist performance (2 on the power play) Pouliot finished the game as a -3 as both he and the rest of the Winterhawks were helpless to stop the Moosehead attack. With Portland needing to win one of their remaining two games to have a chance at the Cup, they got their opportunity two nights later against the OHL champion London Knights. Once again they got off to an early lead (3-0) before they allowed their opponents to close the gap. London scored three goals in just over 11 minutes of game-time to tie the score but couldn't push any further before Portland regrouped. Pouliot fired home a power play goal at the 6:20 mark of the third period to put the Winterhawks up for good as they took the game 6-3. With their entrance to the playoffs assured and Halifax guaranteed a bye into the championship game Portland was matched against Saskatoon for the bye into the semifinal game. This time the Winterhawks were slow out of the gate, failing to score until Derrick Pouliot opened the scoring with an unassisted marker at 6:44 of the second period. Though Saskatoon tied the score five minutes later, Portland's 3-goal third period allowed them to take the game 4-2 and let them wait for the winner of the tie-breaker to meet them in the semifinal. London met them two days later and two fought in a defensive battle that saw only two goals scored on 49 shots through two periods. A Pouliot pass to Ty Rattie saw the 1-1 tie broken at 8:32 of the third period that allowed Portland to take the lowest-scoring game of the 2013 Memorial Cup 2-1. Facing down the Mooseheads once more in the title tilt, Portland searched for a way to stop their attack, but weren't up to the task when Halifax ended the first period up 3-0. Pouliot continued his point streak with an assist at 18:44 of the third period to close the gap to 5-4, but MacKinnon completed his second hat trick of the tournament less than a minute later with an empty net goal that garnered the Mooseheads their first Memorial Cup.
Even with the disappointing loss and the failure to hold off the Moosehead offense Pouliot had a very successful 2012-13 season. His 7 points led all defensemen in the Memorial Cup and, more importantly, was very timely as he contributed on all three of Portland's game-winning goals. Even with the Winterhawks finished for the season, Pouliot still had one last game to play as he joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for their 2013 conference final matchup against the Syracuse Crunch. Already down 1-3 in the series, Pouliot joined the baby Pens just in time to take part in their 7-0 loss that saw them eliminated from the playoffs after a spectacular comeback in the second round.
Likely to return to the WHL for the 2013–14 WHL season, Pouliot will have one more opportunity to make the Canadian WJC roster before he embarks on his professional career.
|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||—|
Awards and honours
|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|||
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- Derrick Pouliot impresses early - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
- Ontario crowned U17 Challenge champions | Hockey | Sports | Winnipeg Sun
- CHL Network
- Canada Routs Switzerland, Advances At Hlinka | Fox News
- CHL Network
- CHL stars show off skills before Prospect Game - CityNews
- 2013 WHL Playoff Bracket
- Derrick Pouliot's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Derrick Pouliot's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick