On Jul 12th Derrick Pouliot sealed a one-way understanding with a Pittsburgh Penguins.
While this new understanding is good news for a immature defenseman, it also brings some expectations for his 2017-2018 season. The deal, that carries an normal annual value of $800,000, signifies that a Pittsburgh Penguins design Pouliot to be a buttress during a NHL level. Being a one-way contract, this means that regardless of either Pouliot is personification during a NHL or AHL level, he will be earning a $800,000 salary.
This confirms that a Penguins consider Pouliot is prepared for a show, or during slightest wish him to infer he is estimable of a one-way status. After all, if he is earning a $800k, we would wish him to acquire it during a aloft level.
If it turns out he isn’t prepared to hang during a tip level, a easy resolution would be to send him down. The Penguins don’t wish to compensate his $800,000 to play in a AHL, though it’s a dump in a bucket. The problem lies in that Pouliot is no longer free from waivers.
This means that if #51 wasn’t behaving in Pittsburgh, each group would have an event to explain him before he reached a Penguin’s AHL affiliate. But losing him for zero is not what Penguins government has in mind.
In 67 unchanging deteriorate games, Pouliot has constructed 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points. Drafted 8th altogether in 2012 due to his rarely toted descent instinct , he could to be a viable choice on a second power-play unit.
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He weaknesses distortion on his play though a puck. He has a lifetime reduction – 11 rating. On a winning team, that doesn’t support any claims per his defensive play.
Pouliot has shown he does still posses indicate producing talent. Last deteriorate with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he put adult 23 points in 46 games.
Future with a Pittsburgh Penguins
I trust Pouliot has a plain possibility to make a team. He can yield descent hint from a left side, given that Letang and Schultz are both righties. And a child did snipe his initial shot in a NHL over a flattering decent goaltender.
If a coaching staff doesn’t trust him on a back-end, he will sit. But there is no indicate on carrying a one-way agreement that doesn’t play on a Cup contenting roster. He’s usually 23, and he still has intensity (although some Pens fans consider otherwise).
Given a options, Derrick Pouliot should be traded if it doesn’t work in 2017-2018. They gave it time, though not too most to lessen his value. He competence be means to fetch a actor that fills a hole, so come deadline time, he could really good be on a move.