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Derrick Pouliot | Defenseman | Portland (WHL) | 1st Round, 8th overall
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12-17-2012, 12:41 AM
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Location: Toronto, Canada
Originally Posted by
I'd add "best passer/offensive defenseman" in the 2012 draft to his pedigree. If some folks here stop focusing on Forsberg and Grigorenko, I think they'll be pretty pleased with our pick.
Well, I know Bob McKenzie at the draft said that some scouts he spoke with said DP could be the best "transition defenseman" in the draft, and others said that he could be the best passer. But let's be honest: as high as I am on this player, he is not at the same level as Morgan Rielly. Rielly is just on another level of ability, and has Lady Byng PIM numbers (I think he has had one penalty the entire season).
But this does not diminish DP's prospect value or his potential as a player. It is merely the case of what happens when you're picking #8, as opposed to picking in the top 3 or 5. He does have those characteristics, however, and he has done absolutey NOTHING to suggest that the Pens have made a mistake. All he has done is improved as a player and put up great numbers all year.
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I think it's also worth pointing out that if you're going to cite McKenzie's list as being based on scouts from "across the League", you might want to read his articles a little more closely - because he repeatedly states that his list is based on a survey of 10 scouts. That could still count as "across the League" in a sense, but it's also only getting a peek into one out of every three teams in the League, at best.
Which makes it all the more impressive that he's had the success he's had with that list. Of course, he does only judge himself based on how many players on his list end up getting drafted in the first round, and doesn't worry so much about the exact final draft position of each player.
This is exactly my point. He was, in that sense, widely regarded across the league as a top-10 talent before the season started, and the final rankings happened to have him outside of the top-10 -- which could as much be about other players stepping up or being "hyped" than it was about DP's overall potential & value as a prospect.
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