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Pens prospect Pouliot out 4-6 months after shoulder surgery

May 21, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT


One of Pittsburgh’s brightest defensive prospects has been shelved for a lengthy period of time.

Derrick Pouliot, the club’s first-round selection (eighth overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, Pens interim GM Jason Botterill said in a statement.

Recovery from said surgery is expected to be 4-6 months, which could extend into the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Pouliot, 20, recently wrapped another successful campaign with WHL Portland, winning the league’s defenseman of the year award on the strength of 70 points in the regular season and another 32 in the playoffs. He was likely to challenge for a spot on the Pens’ roster to open the ’14-15 campaign, especially given the uncertainty regarding the future of pending veteran UFAs Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland.

So, it’ll be interesting how well Pouliot rehabilitates.

Should he recover within four months, he’ll be targeting a mid-September return and would be joining the club midway through the preseason. Should he go the full six months, Pouliot might not be with the Penguins until November, meaning he’d miss (at least) the first four weeks of the regular season.


  1. killerpgh - May 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Seems about right.

    • steelcity333 - May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Injuries continue even after the season is over. Definitely sums up the season and does seem about right.

  2. ravanator - May 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    LOL! Cheers!


    • theageofquarrel - May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      I see your Pittsburgh Big Brother / Baltimore Little Brother complex has spilled over to this site. I thought we only had to read your idiot garbage on PFT.

    • jaybaileys - May 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      stay classy Ratbird!

    • steelcity333 - May 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      I want to hear you try to defend Ray Rice.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 21, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        I wanna hear you try to defend Ben roethlisberger. Those who live in glass houses shall not throw stones

  3. runhigh24 - May 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    He was probably slated for some AHL time to begin the season anyway. In any event the Pens have enough defensive depth to weather his loss for the first half of the season even if none of the aforementioned UFA’s are back next season.

  4. barkar942 - May 21, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    If they lose Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen and Deryk Engelland, they won’t have any defensemen left. Oh wait- they still have the winger named Letang.

  5. ravanator - May 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    FYI, this PHT not PFT. I understand you are a Pitt fan that doesn’t live in Pennsylvania, so I won’t hold a grudge against you for posting on the wrong site. Cheers!

  6. timmons94 - May 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Well unlike ray rice Ben was never charged.. Move along little skippy

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