Pouliot inked a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the Penguins on Wednesday. Despite consistently being passed up on the depth chart by other players since being taken eighth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, Pouliot will get a chance at a full-time role after signing his first one-way deal. It won't be easy for the 23-year-old to earn regular minutes, as he's probably still behind Chad Ruhwedel and the newly acquired Matt Hunwick. This is likely the last shot for Pouliot to stick with the Pens. If he can't put together a solid season, the organization may finally acknowledge what fans have been saying for a while -- that the Saskatchewan native was a bust, especially considering he was selected one spot ahead of Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba.
Pouliot was given a qualifying offer by Pittsburgh on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Fans will no doubt be wondering why the organization continues to hold on to Pouliot after he has largely failed to live up to expectations. In 67 career NHL games, the blueliner has managed a mere two goals and 12 helpers, numbers that don't come close to his production in juniors or the AHL. The 23-year-old has been consistently passed on the depth chart by the likes of Chad Ruhwedel and David Warsofsky. If Pouliot can't step up his performance this year, it could be his last shot.
Pouliot was reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. Pouliot has been a top prospect on the Pens' blue line for what seems like forever, but has consistently been beat out for spots in the lineup by guys like Cameron Gaunce and Chad Ruhwedel (arm). The 23-year-old Pouliot will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, which will make GM Jim Rutherford's decision an interesting one to watch for Pittsburgh fans. Fantasy owners, on the other hand, could have an easier choice considering the blueliner has zero points in 11 outings this year and seems to be slipping further down the organization's depth chart.
Pouliot was recalled from AHL Wilke-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pouliot has drawn into 10 previous contests for the Penguins this season but has not recorded a point over that span. Although the club has ample bodies along the blue line, many of the regulars may get the day off Sunday. That could open up a spot for Pouliot in Sunday's lineup.
Pouliot was assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The former top prospect has yet to distinguish himself over parts of three seasons with the Penguins, registering two goals and 12 assists over 66 career games. With Pouliot failing to impress in his latest stint with the big club, he'll head back to the AHL in order to pick up heavier ice time. Frank Corrado was recalled in a corresponding move to add depth on the Penguins' blue line.
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