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.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 21, 2014
Pens announce Pouliot is out 4-6 months after shoulder surgery. Big blow there. Had a chance to make team out of camp. Not now.
— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) May 21, 2014
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.