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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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11-20-2012, 02:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Remember guys in all these armchair Draft discussions... our assistant coach came right out and said a day or two later... that part of the reason the Pens stockpile talented D, is because they can turn them into other assets. The Pens' MO has never been (in recent times) to draft offensive skill. They trade for it, or in this summer's case attempt to sign it. Hossa, Neal, then Parise.
[added: In short they probably feel they're in a much better position to draft high quality D (with their specific scouts and managerial talents) and trade for offense when needed, then drafting it. Because to them drafting big upside forwards has more risk than big upside D. And they're probably right. It's harder to predict whether a F, put into a system like ours, is going to pan out vs. a D that you know has all the skating, size and skills. Better to just go and get the F you know will fit from day 1.]
I'm not saying they'll trade Pouliot specifically but they'll trade someone most likely. Could be Despres, could be Pouliot, could be Maatta (someone who was pretty highly touted). Add a pick in there and the Pens could turn any one of those guys into a decent forward return. Maybe not another James Neal but potentially a Kunitz type, a reliable 25-28 G type who can dish / has some hockey smarts. That's all Sid and Geno need. A few guys like that who can give them options / fill in when one of the other wingers gets hurt.
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