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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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12-13-2012, 04:14 PM
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You are. He needs to play better for sure, but this is a totally different system. Despres has had his struggles as well. All of these dmen take time to adjust to the pro game. The best looking rookie dman has been Dumoulin and he played under virtually the same system in college. Let's be patient with Joe.
I saw an interview on the Pens website where Dumoulin said that his coach showed his team clips of Pens games and said "this is the system that we are going to run". When you have people like Kreider on your team as well, I can understand why. Also remember that Despres has mostly been mediocre his whole AHL career, but was solid in the NHL in his 20 games or so. Maybe some players just under-perform in the AHL.
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