• There likely isn’t a hockey coach who knows Derrick Pouliot better than Mike Johnston. Although some scouts feel Pouliot isn’t good defensively enough yet to consistently contribute at NHL level, lots of stock has to be put into how Johnston feels about Pouliot. Johnston feels Pouliot is ready for NHL. Yeah, I do. For sure,” Johnston told the Tribune-Review. “Not only his play in Portland, but the thing that convinced me the most was last year at the World Juniors. I really thought Derrick was the best defenseman in the tournament. If you can play at that level on the world stage, yeah, you’re ready.”
2013-2014 Stats (Portland WHL): 58 GP – 17 Goals – 53 Assists – 70 Pts