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

Report: Pens' Top Prospect Derrick Pouliot Out 4-6 Months

Pittsburgh Penguins’ top prospect Derrick Pouliot, who had a great shot at being rostered on the team next season, reportedly underwent shoulder surgery and will be out the next 4-6 months – according to the Pens’ Twitter handle and Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Pouliot injured himself during the Portland Winterhawks’ Memorial Cup run in a game against the Edmonton Oil Kings – per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - and is now not anticipated to make Pittsburgh’s opening day roster – as Yohe alluded to in his tweet.

Selected in the first-round (8th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Pouliot garnered the Western Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year award, and registered 70 points (17G, 53A) in just 58 regular-season games this season, which ranked third in the WHL.

Pouliot had 32 points (5G, 27A) in 21 playoff games as well, which led all WHL defensemen.

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