Derrick Pouliot of the Vancouver Canucks has definitely not lived up to his #8 overall draft pick in 2012. On the defensive side for the Canucks, they only recently picked up a stud defenseman in Quinn Hughes who appears to be that elite defender they’ve been after. As of today, the top 5 include Alex Edler, Erik Gudbranson, Michael Del Zotto, Chris Tanev and Troy Stecher. The rest of the defense are filled out by either Alex BIega, Derrick Pouliot and Ben Hutton. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the defense once Olli Juloevi and Quinn join the mix.
Derrick started out his career being a core piece that sent Jordan Staal packing from the PIttsburgh Penguins for the 8th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Brian Dumoulin and Brandon Sutter (funny enough, is a Vancouver Canuck too!). On an overall trade front, it’s hard to argue that Carolina didn’t win that trade although there have been further developments for all the players involved. Derrick was acquired by the Canucks in 2017 for Andrey Pedan and a 4th round pick in 2018 (which was sent to Vegas who then selected Slava Demin).
I recall watching Derrick play for the Portland Winterhawks when he and the team visited the old Giants arena, the Pacific Coliseum. On that team, he was part of a team which included a few current NHL players, such as Nicolas Petan, Brendan Leipsic and Mat Dumba. It seemed as if the team would be a powerhouse for many years although have been ousted early in the WHL playoffs the last couple of seasons. It was definitely a treat to watch them.
Gettin’ the auto
I really like how this card was autographed by Derrick Pouliot pictured in a Team Canada uniform. Luckily the Team Canada Juniors jersey is a Red and White color scheme which allows for either black or blue sharpies to show up nicely. This card was sent to the Vancouver Canucks arena address and returned to me in 171 days.
A handful of links about Derrick Pouliot in the news. Interesting to see that he was the best No.51 to wear that number for the Penguins! To be fair, 51 is such an obscure number.
A video review of Derrick Pouliot
Here is Derrick Pouliot video of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Looks like a happy camper here although he hasn’t quite lived up to the projected no.2 puck moving D.