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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Oilers 2012 Draft Watch "Derrick Pouliot"

REVS 2012 Prospects List (Oct 3rd/11)

1.Nail Yakupov
2.Mikhail Grigorenko
3.Ryan Murray
4.Alex Galchenyuk
5.Morgan Rielly
6.Mathew Dumba
7.Nick Ebert
8.Filip Forsberg
9.Griffin Reinhart
10.Martin Frk
11.Derrick Pouliot
12.Cody Ceci
13.Olli Maatta
14.Zemgus Girgensons
15.Jacob Trouba

Today we examine the #11 ranked player from REVS 2012 Prospects List . Each player is unique in their own right and full of talent. The ranking does not reflect a mock draft of who a team may actually pick but rather who I would place as the best player available in that spot.

Derrick Pouliot
Pos: D
HT:6'0 ft
Born: Weyburn, Sask, CANADA

2009/10 Games 7 G 0 A 1 PTS 1
2010/11 Games 66 G 5 A 25 PTS 30
2011/2012 Games 35 G 5  A 22  PTS 27

Pouliot’s season started hot but has tapered off a bit as Joe Morrow came back from the Penguins camp to take back his #1 spot on the team. Pouliot has some offensive ability, but his greatest strength comes as being a point man on the power play. Pouliot’s game is played better when he is the #1 option.

Derrick off the ice is nothing like the Derrick Pouliot you see on the ice. Off the ice, they say he's a shy, reserved young guy with impeccable manners. On the ice that disappears. To be fair, it's hard to be polite when you're causing your opponents fits.Pouliot is usually in complete control when on the ice. He has elite vision, sensing when to feed his teammates and when to carry the puck himself, almost always makes the right decision.

Before entering into the WHL his list of awards and honors he took home were.....
-Tournament MVP and a member of the tournament's "All-Star Line" at the Graham Tuer Bantam AA Challenge in Regina, Saskatchewan.
- Selected as the Top Defenseman and a member of the tournament's "All-Star Line" at the Hockey Hounds Major Bantam Tournament in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
- Called up by the Moose Jaw Warriors AAA midget team to play in the prestigious Mac's Midget Hockey Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, and recorded three goals and two assists for five points in four games.
- Selected to the tournament's "All-Star Line" at the GSHL Bantam AA Invitational in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- Selected as the "Top Defenseman" and a member of the tournament's "All-Star Line" at the Western Canadian Bantam Championships in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

 Pouliot is the first to admit he still has work to do in his own end. He acknowledges he is trying to work on that a little bit more. Positioning and things like that. Derrick is considered a very special player, very smart with the puck. He sees the ice well, skates well, rushes the puck and jumps into the play. He’s an offensive defenseman, but he’s good on the back end, too. Pouliot is very consistent and pretty much brings it every game, so there’s not much negative. To date he’s been able to play at a higher level of hockey as he has progressed in his hockey career.

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