Derrick Pouliot
Derrick Pouliot
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A year after collecting 22 points in 71 games with Vancouver, Pouliot regressed mightily in 2018-19 to the tune of 12 points in 62 games, resulting in his departure from the Canucks organization. The No. 8 overall pick from the 2012 draft inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues at the conclusion of the season. Considering the depth that St. Louis possesses on the back end, Pouliot could wind up spending a good chunk of his time in the minors, where he hasn't played since the 2016-17 season when he was a member of the Penguins. With so much yet to be decided regarding his role with his new team, steer clear of Pouliot come draft day, as he'll be hard-pressed to secure an everyday role with the Blues in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues in July of 2019.
Sent to AHL
DSt. Louis Blues  Minors
September 25, 2019
Pouliot was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Wednesday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
ANALYSIS
The Blues thought Pouliot had a solid camp, but he was destined for minors anyway with the top-seven defensemen returning from last year's Stanley Cup win. However, the team sent Joel Edmundson to the Hurricanes in exchange for Justin Faulk, but that doesn't change Pouliot's chances of making the big club. In fact, he likely fell behind promising youngster Mitch Reinke in the pecking order, as Reinke was recalled to play in place of Pouliot.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Signs one-year deal
DSt. Louis Blues  Minors
July 1, 2019
Pouliot secured a one-year, two-way contract from St. Louis on Monday.
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Set to hit open market
DVancouver Canucks  Minors
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  Minors
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  Minors
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  Minors
January 6, 2019
Pouliot was back on the ice for Saturday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
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