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09-12-2012, 02:55 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their 2012 first-round draft picks, defensemen Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta, to three-year entry-level contracts, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Pouliot, 18, was the first of Pittsburgh’s two first-round draft picks after being chosen 8th overall with the selection acquired in a draft-night trade from the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Pouliot had a breakout season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2011-12, ranking second among team blueliners behind fellow Penguins prospect Joe Morrow with 59 points (11G-48A) in 72 regular-season games.
Maatta, 18, was drafted by the Penguins with the No. 22-overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft held at CONSOL Energy Center.
He earned a berth on the OHL First-Team All-Rookie squad after tallying 32 points (5G-27A) and a plus-25 rating in 58 regular-season games.|PIT|home

Maatta and Pouliot signing means that 20 of 30 of last June's first round have signed contracts. Of the ten remaining unsigned 5 (Trouba, Jankowski, Matheson, Schmaltz and Skjei) are collegiate players who cannot sign without losing their collegiate eligibility; 3 are playing in Europe (Tervainen, Vasilevski, Hertl) and just 2 are playing in the CHL (Samuelsson and Koekkeok).

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