The Pittsburgh Penguins have ended the Derrick Pouliot experiment. The former 8th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth round pick.
After years of giving Pouliot a chance, the young defenseman was never able to materialize as the offensive threat that he was projected out of his junior league team. In 67 career games, Pouliot has two goals and 14 points with a -11 rating.
Pedan, a left-handed shooter, has played in 13 games and has yet to record a point. Pedan is more defensive depth at the NHL level than a servicable defenseman in the big leagues. He will only see time this season if injuries occur.
Pedan was a third round draft pick in 2011 and signed a one year deal with the Canucks in the offseason granting him $750,000 if he reaches the NHL level.
He stands at 6’5″, 213 lbs. and isn’t the best skater but can be a bruiser for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.