Pittsburgh Penguins trade Jordan Staal for 8th pick & more, take Derrek Pouliot
After trading forward Jordan Staal to Carolina on the draft floor in exchange for Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eight pick, Pittsburgh selected defenseman Derrek Pouliot.
Pouliot (18 years old) may not be the biggest blue liner at only 5'11, but he makes up for it in weight at 190 pounds.
His lack of size prevent him from being a physical player along the wall, but his deceptive skating allows him to capitalize on his opponents' mistakes and turn them into offensive opportunities.
Pouliot is capable of quarterbacking the play from the top of the zone and will look to find his teammates while fending off his attackers and he makes it look easy.
His awareness allows him to instinctively pick and choose when to make a play and his skating ability allows him to promptly return to his zone when defending against the rush as well.
The Weyburn, Saskatchewan native scored 59 points (11 goals, 48 assists) in 72 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League during the 2011-12 season.