Penguins prospect defenseman Derrick Pouliot – who was one of Pittsburgh’s final cuts during training camp in September – was named to the Team WHL preliminary roster for the Subway Super Series to be held later this month.
Pouliot, 19, has starred for the Portland Winterhawks since returning to the team, contributing 15 points (3G-12A) and a plus-15 in 14 games with the team. He leads all team blueliners in goals, assists, points and plus/minus.
Earlier this season in a game against the Tri-City Americans, Pouliot notched a pair of assists and was on the ice for all eight Portland goals for and zero goals against – accumulating a plus-7 figure.
Pouliot, who was drafted by the Penguins with the No. 8-overall selection in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, scored one goal in two exhibition games with Pittsburgh.
The SUBWAY Super Series is a six-game exhibition broken down into three two-game mini-series featuring the best players from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Western Hockey League (WHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) going head-to-head against the Russian National Junior Team.
Team WHL is slated to host the Russians Nov. 27 in Red Deer, Alberta and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Earlier, Penguins prospect goaltender Matt Murray of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds was named to Team OHL’s Super Series roster.