Pouliot Making His Case
There is a logjam on defense for the Penguins right now. They have a lot of gifted blueliners, but not enough roster spots. There is certainly some tough competition, and at Saturday’s open scrimmage at CONSOL Energy Center Derrick Pouliot made a case for himself.
Pittsburgh’s 2012 first-round pick (eighth overall) scored one goal and set up a second as his team, Group A, triumphed 3-0 over Group C.
“I had a good offensive day,” Pouliot said after. “That’s part of my game. I’m trying to work on that and implement it. I’m getting more comfortable.”
Pouliot is a highly acclaimed prospect in the Penguins organization that should have a bright future. But his current goal in training camp is for his future to be now.
“I want to try and make this team. That’s why everyone’s here,” he said. “Even if I don’t, I want to make it a hard decision for the coaches to send me back. I’m just going to put it all on the ice every day, work hard and things will sort themselves out.”
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” he said. “They’re world-class players. They’re the best players in the world. It’s nice playing against them, and hopefully with them. It’s pretty special. I grew up watching those guys. It’s pretty amazing, surreal.”