Petan may be a little undersized, but he certainly more than makes up for it with his skill level. He is a threat to score or pick up an assist whenever he is in the offensive zone, and he works hard to create those chances for his teammates and himself. Petan is very quick on his feet, but also understands that the puck moves much faster than he ever could, and utilizes his vision to get a quick transition going. He uses his skating along the boards to try to get away from his opponents and create some time to make a play. It seems that if he has any prolonged time to dissect the situation, he is able to create a scoring chance shortly after. He makes decisions very quickly, and looks confident with the puck on his stick. Petan is not afraid to go to the net to score off of rebounds, and is willing to take the hits and slashes to get the puck.
HockeyProspect.com's Michelle Sturino recently spoke with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks 2013 NHL Draft Prospect.
SEA #17 RD Theodore Shea (2013)- Shea played a strong game, the smooth skating defenseman was joining rush trying to spark any offense Seattle could muster up. He played tight in his defensive zone forcing the shooter to the outside keeping the play along the boards where he was strong through out the game.
Pouliot set career-highs with 11 goals and 48 assists for 59 points in 72 games last season, as he finished fourth in league scoring among all defensemen. Pouliot added three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 22 playoff games, tying for the league lead in playoff scoring among defensemen with teammate Joe Morrow, who was a first round draft pick (23rd overall) of the Penguins in 2011.
The Penguins acquired the eighth pick in the draft in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes on draft night.
"Signing a pro contract is a big step for a player and we're very excited for Derrick. He's worked incredibly hard to get to this point, but he also knows this is just the beginning," said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston.
Pouliot was the fifth Winterhawk taken in the first round in the last three years, following Sven Bartschi (Calgary) and Morrow (Pittsburgh) in 2011, and Ryan Johansen (Columbus) and Nino Niederreiter (New York islanders) in 2010. He also became the 26th first round pick in team history. It marked the first time the team had players taken in the first round in three straight years since 1978-1983, when the Winterhawks had first round picks in six consecutive years.
The Winterhawks drafted Pouliot first overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Season tickets and 20-, 12- and 6-game ticket packages for the 2012-13 season are on sale now. Visit winterhawks.com or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.