At 30 years old, Derrick Pouliot has this physical status:
Derrick Pouliot (born January 16, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He had previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.
Pouliot was selected eighth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Penguins.
Pouliot played for the Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AAA of the SMAAAHL in 2008–09, but he also registered to play in bantam at the time. Pouliot was selected by the Portland Winterhawks as the first overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, putting him on their protected list. Pouliot returned to Moose Jaw for the full season in 2009-10, ranking as a point-per-game player (14 goals and 29 assists). Pouliot finished fourth on his team in scoring and as the top-scoring defenseman. Pouliot played for the Winterhawks first in January and again after the Warriors were eliminated, recording a single assist in seven games, from players who were three to four years old.
Pouliot was a member of the Winterhawks from 2010-2011. Pouliot was on a team with talent (2010 fourth-and-fift picks Ryan Johansen and Nino Niedero Niederoff, along with future first-round picks in 2011 Sven Bärtschi and Joe Morrow), and on a team stuffed with talent (2010 Sven Bohansen and Nino Niedero Niedero Niedero Niederlen) who combined for the majority of the season and finished with 30 points in 66 games. Pouliot was invited to play for Canada-West at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, recording three assists in five games as Canada-West lost in the fifth-place game to Canada-Atlantic during the season. Portland finished the regular season with 103 points in the standings, just one point behind US Division rival Spokane to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference.
Pouliot scored a goal in the 7–2 win, his first game of the season, in a sweep sweep by the Everett Silvertips. Following a victory in the conference semifinals against the B.C., he found himself in the B.C. The Winterhawks lost 4–1 to the Kootenay Ice, defeating the division champions Kelowna Rockets. Pouliot earned an assist in each of Portland's first two games in the series, as well as a helper on Ty Rattie's overtime power play game-winner in Game 1. Although Portland had a fruitful playoff season, Pouliot's 4 points in 21 games were considered disappointing after a regular season in which he had averaged a half-point per game. Pouliot was a member of Canada's gold-medal team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament over the summer.
Pouliot's rookie season was his second straight season with the Winterhawks, with a four-assist night in only his second game of the season. Despite being omitted from Canada's roster for the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, Pouliot was ranked in the top ten of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the mid-season rankings, but not as the top defenceman. When playing in all 72 of Portland's games, Pouliot finished the season with 59 points, nearly doubleing his output from the year before. Due in large part to Pouliot's scoring prowess, the Winterhawks had another fruitful offensive team in the WHL.
Portland swept their opening round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets, in which Pouliot had two assists, and defeated the Kamloops Blazers to advance to the conference finals against the Tri-City Americans, pitting the best offensive and defensive teams in the WHL against one another. Pouliot put up a 4-assist performance in Game 2, assisting on each of the Winterhawks' objectives except the overtime game-winner. The Winterhawks met the Edmonton Oil Kings in their second straight finals appearance in the WHL, with them finishing the regular season with the best record in the WHL. Portland lost the series in seven games, and Pouliot, who had been effective in the first five games of the series, was mostly silent in the last two games, with two of Edmonton's goals being on the ice for two of Edmonton's goals.
Despite the result, Pouliot scored 17 points in 22 games during the playoffs. He was ranked as the 12th best-ranked North American skater in the newest Central Scouting rankings. Pittsburgh's first-round pick, Pouliot's eighth overall pick, which they had received from the Carolina Hurricanes in the Jordan Staal trade when Pittsburgh had their own first-round pick at 22nd overall (Olli Määttä). Pouliot was admitted to Canada's National Development Camp, the first stepping stone on the 2013 WJC roster, less than a week later. Just a few days before the 2012-2013 NHL lockout began, Pouliot signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Pittsburgh.
Pouliot was the Winterhawks' best offensive defenceman after losing fellow Penguin pick Joe Morrow to the American Hockey League (AHL). Pouliot took over the power play and raised his scoring. Pouliot had played 24 points in 26 games, including five-game point streaks, earning him an invitation to Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp with fellow Penguins prospect Scott Harrington. However, Pouliot was later returned to Portland after the second day of the camp. Pouliot was in possession of a three-assist game and finished with 12 points in the month of December on his return to the WHL.
Pouliot sustained a high ankle sprain in the third game back in January and predicted that it would continue to be absent for a few months. Nevertheless, he had a slimmer finish in 44 games during the regular season. Portland had the best record in the WHL (57–12–1–2), as the top offense in the league and the best defense in the league, as well as the best defense in the league. Pouliot led to nine points in a five-game first series victory over the Everett Silvertips as well as assisting in the game's deciding match.
The Winterhawks scored 18 goals and allowed just 3, while the Spokane Chiefs won in the second round for the second time, and Pouliot scored a four-point night in the first round. The Winterhawks were able to advance to the WHL finals for the third straight season after defeating the Kamloops Blazers in the conference finals. Portland won in six games, during which Pouliot had four assists, and finished the playoffs with 20 points in 21 games to lead all defensemen in playoff scoring.
Despite losing to the Halifax Mooseheads in the Memorial Cup Final, Pouliot's seven points led all defencemen for the tournament. Pouliot joined the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, for their final game of the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs after the Winterhawks ended for the season.
Pouliot returned to the WHL for the 2013–14 season, allowing him to make the Canadian WJC roster before beginning his professional career.
The Pittsburgh Penguins had Pouliot assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL on October 21, 2014. Pouliot was recalled for the first time in his career and played his first NHL appearance against the Florida Panthers' Roberto Luongo on December 20, 2014.
Pouliot was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Andrey Pedan and a 2018 fourth-round pick. In a 5–2 road victory over his former club, the Pittsburgh Penguins, he scored his first goal with the Canucks on November 22, scoring the game-winner. Pouliot set a record for the most goals scored from the start of a career on March 29, 2018, after scoring his fifth goal in a 2–1 Canucks victory over the Edmonton Oilers, with all of them being game-winning goals. Pouliot's game-winning goal against the Colorado Avalanche on November 2, 2018. The Canucks re-signed Pouliot to a one-year, $1.1 million deal on June 26, the Canucks re-signed him.
The Canucks would not offer impenet restricted free agent Pouliot a qualifying bid, which was confirmed on June 25, 2019. He was released as a free agent in Vancouver, putting an end to his two-season tenure.
Pouliot was signed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2019. Pouliot was sent by the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for the majority of the 2019-20 season, giving the Blues more organizational depth on the blue line. He finished sixth overall in the AHL with 39 points on seven goals and 32 assists. He was briefly recalled by the Blues and added two games to his NHL debut. Pouliot, an imminent restricted free agent, was not given a qualifying bid by the Blues this year, making him a free agent for the second year in a row.
Pouliot's fourth NHL appearance came as a result of his one-year, two-way deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, which was scheduled on October 9, 2020. Pouliot never made a regular season appearance with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and was drafted for the remainder of the season, totaling 3 goals and 14 points in 25 regular season games.
Pouliot, the Flyers' affiliate to the Vegas Golden Knights, was initially committed to a one-year, AHL deal. Pouliot was in 42 games with the Silver Knights in the 2021–22 season before he was signed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Vegas Golden Knights on March 17, 2022. In two appearances with the Golden Knights, Pouliot earned 1 assist.
Pouliot's brief time with the Golden Knights came to an end on March 21, 2022, after he was denied waivers by a sister expansion team, the Seattle Kraken. He did not play out the remainder of the season on the Kraken roster, tallying 3 assists in 9 regular season games.
On August 10, 2022, a free agent from Kraken, Pouliot, returned to the AHL after completing a one-year deal with the San Jose Barracuda, the San Jose Sharks' main affiliate.