Pouliot, Reinhart among top drafted WHL defensemen
Our ranking of the top defensemen in the WHL includes a mix of offensively gifted players and prototypical “shut down” defensemen. For this list, the criteria we used ranks drafted and/or signed NHL prospects currently playing in the WHL.
Derrick Pouliot (PIT), Portland Winterhawks
Pouliot is just another in a long line of elite defensemen to wear the Winterhawks’ jersey in recent years. Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Pouliot was perhaps the best blueliner Team Canada iced at the 2014 WJC. A powerful skater with great vision and a heavy shot, Pouliot plays in all situations for the Winterhawks.… read more