Derrick Pouliot
Derrick Pouliot
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The eighth overall pick (Pittsburgh, 2012) is unlikely to live up to the lofty draft billing, but after 71 games with Vancouver last season, Pouliot flashed NHL-level talent. He scored three goals and 22 points -- nine of which came on the power play -- and averaged nearly 18 minutes per game. The question isn't how Pouliot can contribute, but how much. He was minus-22 last season; if the defenseman continues to be unreliable and turnover-prone, the coaches won't be able to trust him and might staple him to the bench. Pouliot would be hard-pressed to make the top four, and instead will likely play on the bottom pairing and share power play duties with Troy Stecher, Michael Del Zotto and Alex Edler. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues in July of 2019.
Signs one-year deal
DSt. Louis Blues
July 1, 2019
Pouliot secured a one-year, two-way contract from St. Louis on Monday.
ANALYSIS
It's telling that the best deal Pouliot could find was two-way in nature, considering he hasn't played in the minors since 2016-17. The No. 8 overall pick from the 2012 NHL Draft, it's hard not to consider the blueliner a complete bust at this point. the additions of Jordie Benn and Oscar Fantenberg will only make Pouliot's chances of securing an Opening Night roster spot that much worse, so don't be surprised to see him playing in the minors for much of the 2019-20 campaign.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:10
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:06
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
14:53
0:59
1:06
2017–18
17:51
1:35
0:13
2018–19
17:10
1:10
0:06
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pouliot is one of the most intriguing offensive blue line prospects in the league, and at the tender age of 21, it seems like he's ready to make the leap to a full-time position with the Penguins. A former first-round pick (eighth overall in 2012), he's an enthusiastic shooter and accomplished puck distributor who's already earned a place on the Penguins' power play. He's going to grow into a star on the blue line in time, but how quickly that happens is dependent on whether the team's top two defensemen, Olli Maatta and Kris Letang, can stay healthy enough to limit Pouliot to second-pairing minutes. Even in that role, he promises to make himself known to the league in this campaign, with 25 or 30 points looking like a very achievable outcome.
Pouliot underwent shoulder surgery in the spring and may miss the opening month or so of 2014-15. The eighth overall pick in 2012, Pouliot has produced tons of offense while playing for Portland in the WHL. He totaled 70 points (17 goals, 53 assists) in 58 games and added an additional 32 points in 21 playoff games. Make no mistake, the 20-year-old blueliner is all offense, all of the time. Pouliot showed off his skill for Team Canada on the World Junior roster and played in one playoff game for the Wilkes-Barre Penguins. He's expected to skate for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during his first professional season, but there's a chance the big club could call him up at some point. Pouliot's keeper league value is high; single-season owners will want to keep an eye on his progress after he returns from shoulder surgery.
Pouliot will get his first taste of pro action in 2013-14. He averaged just over a point per game with the WHL Portland Winterhawks (45 points in 44 games), scoring at a higher rate than teammate Seth Jones (56 points in 61 games). Pouliot is all about offense and projects as a big-time fantasy player in Pittsburgh. Taken seventh overall in the 2012 draft, the left-handed shooting blueliner will be a force to be reckoning with in the coming seasons. He'll likely hone his skills with the Baby Penguins in 2013-14 with a shot at making the NHL team as soon as 2014-15.
The Penguins selected Pouliot with the 2012 eighth-overall pick they acquired from Carolina in the Jordan Staal trade. Pouliot is all offense at this stage of his career and will need to focus on defense. Fantasy owners can likely live with that description of his current skillset, however. A former WHL teammate of fellow Penguins prospect Joe Morrow, Pouliot collected 59 points (11G, 48 A) in 72 games for the Portland Winterhawks. Pouliot will take on greater responsibility with Morrow expected to skate for the Baby Pens in Wilkes-Barre. He's near the top of an impressive list of offensive defensemen in Pittsburgh's coiffures.
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Set to hit open market
DVancouver Canucks
May 7, 2019
The Canucks didn't qualify Pouilot's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent July 1, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet reports.
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Back in press box
DVancouver Canucks
March 14, 2019
Pouliot was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
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Offers some depth scoring
DVancouver Canucks
February 11, 2019
Pouliot has a goal and three assists in his last 13 games.
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Back in the lineup
DVancouver Canucks
January 6, 2019
Pouliot was back on the ice for Saturday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
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Back in action
DVancouver Canucks
December 6, 2018
Pouliot will be back in the lineup for Thursday's tilt with Nashville.
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