June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Derrick Pouliot puts on a jersey while standing next to Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux after being selected as the number eight overall draft pick to the Penguins in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens' Prospect Derrick Pouliot to Have Shoulder Examined

Pittsburgh Penguins’ highly-touted defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot, who figures to be in the running to make the team next September, is reportedly set to have his shoulder examined – according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pouliot, who was named the Western Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year, injured himself playing in a game against the Edmonton Oil Kings last week during the league’s final series. Pouliot will be looked at this week in Pittsburgh – per Rossi.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the first-round (8th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Pouliot was the player picked 14 spots higher than current Pens’ defenseman Olli Maatta, and is expected to have the same impact young Maatta did this past season.

Registering 70 points (17G, 53A) in just 58 contests this season for the Portland Winterhawks, Pouliot averaged 1.21 points-per-game, and skated to an astonishing plus-40 rating. Probably what’s more impressive, is that Pouliot ranks third on the team in scoring for the playoffs with 32 points (5G, 27A), and his 27 assists lead the team in that category. He also ranks third in the entire league for scoring in the playoffs.

Hopefully, Pouliot will be able to make a speedy recovery, because his future is certainly bright for a team that will lose three of its defensemen to free agency this summer.

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