Penguins Send Derrick Pouliot to Vancouver

Derrick Pouliot

The Pittsburgh Penguins have officially cut ties with former first round pick Derrick Pouliot. In a trade Tuesday afternoon, the Penguins sent the 2012 8th overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Andrey Pedan and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

Pedan, 24, of Kaunas, Lithuania is a large defenseman who loves to play a physical game. While he comes in at 6’5 and 215 pounds, he displays an ability to produce a little offense, according to a scouting report by The Hockey News.

Pedan is a good skater (not just for his size), and he is an efficient puck-mover. He’s big, strong, and tough in the defensive zone. Reports out of Vancouver say he also has a 100+ mph slap shot in his arsenal.

According to Justin Bourne, writer for The Athletic, Pedan struggles with consistency. However, so did Pouliot. Maybe a change of scenery is just what each needs.

The change of scenery could help turn the corner for Pouliot who has struggled to find his game under Mike Sullivan. Pouliot is now reunited with former coach Travis Green who worked with Pouliot while he played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.

The addition of Pedan gives the Penguins some flexibility, albeit just a little. Pouliot likely would not have cleared waivers and Pedan is signed to a two-way contract worth $750,000 at the NHL level through the 2017-18 season. The trade also gives the Penguins a full seven draft picks next summer; they had used their fourth-rounder in the trade that netted Mark Streit from Tampa Bay.

Pouliot was recently linked to trade rumors involving Detroit Red Wing center Riley Sheahan. However, those were either just rumors or just weren’t going to pan out.

Pedan played 13 games for the Canucks in 2015-16, though several of those games were as a forward on the fourth line. He spent last season with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, posting 10 points (5G-5A) and collecting 100 penalty minutes in 52 games.

The Penguins plan on sending Pedan to Wilkes Barre. Pouliot will join the Canucks on the ice at practice on Wednesday.