Our predictions for 2014-2015

Another season. Another 82-plus games of Hell. More long nights battling strangers on the Internet after every goal MAF lets in. More arguments about who should be on the right wall on the power play. We all do this willingly. We are all idiots. Predictions: The Penguins will start slow With a complete overhaul done in less than two months, and tons of new faces, the Penguins hovering...
Via The Pensblog
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp

A year ago, it was Olli Maatta receiving a steady workload on the Penguins' blue line as a rookie defenseman. This season, first-year coach Mike Johnston believes it's Derrick Pouliot's turn. “Yeah, I do. For sure,” Johnston responded when asked whether he thought Pouliot, a former first-round pick who played four-plus years for Johnston with the Portland Winterhawks...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brutally Honest Look at the Pens Prospect Pool (Pt. 1)

By Nick Richter and Andy Hughes One thing Ray Shero was fantastic at was his ability to paint a great picture of certain guys in the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect pool. By painting these pictures, Shero was able sell guys high and he was able to create hype in the fanbase about these players, like Eric Tangradi, and we all know how that ended. Ian Altenbaugh (Hockey’s Future) and...
Via The PensNation
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators get into ice bucket challenge, make challenges of their own

Started by 29-year-old Massachusetts man two years ago to raise awareness for ALS, something he also suffered from, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has grown with much popularity and has recently breached into the NHL’s ranks of coaches and players. Now, the Nashville Predators players and coaches are taking the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, spreading ALS awareness and re-issuing...
Via The Predatorial
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Will Host 2014 Development Camp July 15-19

It’s July and you know that means: it’s time for prospects from the Pittsburgh Penguins to gather for the annual Prospect Development Camp at CONSOL Energy Center. This year’s camp will be held from July 15th until July 19th in Pittsburgh. As has been the case the past couple years, fans will be able to attend a scrimmage on July 19th at 3:00 PM. Admission and parking around...
Via The PensNation
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Six Unlikely Trades, and Why They Should Happen

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images The NHL off-season is simultaneously an awful time to be an NHL fan, and a great time. The previous season is over, the hope for next year is at the peak, and from mid-June to mid-July, teams are feverishly pursuing draft picks, trades, and free agents all with an eye towards turning your franchise into a Stanley Cup contender. Once that fever pitch is...
Via TopSportsReport
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens' top defenseman prospect Pouliot deals with shoulder injury

Top Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot will be in Pittsburgh this week to have a shoulder injury evaluated by physicians, the team confirmed Sunday. Pouliot, a defenseman, was injured last week while playing for Portland of the Western Hockey League during the WHL final series against Edmonton. The injury has not allowed him to join Penguins' AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Fall Short On Memorial Cup Bid, But Look Toward A Strong 2014-15 Campaign

At the start of each season, all the various sportswriters, fans and those that think they know about hockey, look at last season to this season and make their predictions on how the teams will fare, even into the playoffs. For the past four seasons, the Portland Winterhawks have stymied many who thought that they would just fall apart due to their incredible losses of talent to...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss


The Edmonton Oil Kings won on Friday night, taking a 3-2 lead against the Portland Winterhawks. I've been following the WHL for about 40 years, and can't come up with a good comparison for two teams playing at this level for such a prolonged period. This is some kind of crazy junior hockey success. The Winterhawks regular season record in the last four season is 210...
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Derrick Pouliot’s One-Punch KO

Photo Credit: Pens prospect Derrick Pouliot isn’t known for having a mean streak and throwing his fists, but he found himself engaged in a fight last night and he held is own rather well. As the ref steps in to stop Pouliot and Joe Hickett’s fight, Victoria Royals player Steven Hodges sucker punches Pouliot in the back of the head; lighting a fire under the Pens...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Dethrone Royals, Advance To The Next Round

From the start of the series, many felt Portland would hand it to Victoria, sweep the series and move onto Kelowna and go to the WHL Finals. It took a loss in game three to make fans realize that Victoria was going to be a tough one. When the Hawks won game four to split the series in Victoria, fans hoped that the team that had decimated the Royals in the first two games would be...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh A Good Fit For Ryan Kesler

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, The troubling news for the faithful is Gillis seems intent on hitting a home run with Kesler. That means the proverbial roster player, prospect, first-round draft pick package which the team was seeking for Luongo, and we all know how that turned out. It doesn’t take a leap in logic to imagine the same script — as the noble Lui suggested...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Taking Down Teams, Extend Winning Streak To 17

It's almost old hat: Winterhawks play, Winterhawks win. For seventeen straight games, that's what Winterhawks broadcaster Todd Vrooman has said and there seems to be no signs of letting up. The Hawks finished their road trip this past weekend with a pair of 7-4 wins over last place Kamloops Blazers and sixth place Vancouver Giants. During that weekend clash, Nic Petan overtook...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Hit The Dirty Dozen

The Portland Winterhawks are on a tear within the Western Hockey League with their twelfth straight victory as the season winds down to its last 15 games. Since the trade deadline back on January 10, the Hawks haven't lost a game. Much of this can be attributed to having all the players back from tournaments and injury, but some will point to the addition to the defensive core...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite A Couple Of Rip Currents, Portland Winterhawks Still Making Waves Of Their Own

Leading up to Christmas, the Portland Winterhawks were fortunate or unfortunate in some people's minds, when 5 players headed to World Junior camps that took place in Malmo, Sweden in anticipation of the championship game into the new year. Oliver Bjorkstrand helped to move Denmark out of the relegation round and back into a contending team for next year, however, Layne Viveiros...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

World Junior Hockey Championships: Preliminary Round

The preliminary round of the World Junior Hockey Championships completed today in Malmo, Sweden.  Teams are divided into two five team groups.  Group A played in the Malmo Isstadion and Group B in the Malmo Arena.  Both groups played a round robin amongst themselves, with the top four in each group advancing to the playoffs. Group A: 1.  Canada.  The Canadians lost to the...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Portland Winterhawks Nesting Comfortably Atop The WHL

The Portland Winterhawks have done it again. After a lukewarm start to the season, the Hawks rang up 11 straight victories against some of the league's best teams and found themselves moving from the bottom to the top. Not only did they overtake Spokane and Seattle in the US Division, but they also took over sole possession of the WHL top spot in the process. It's the gelling...
Via Oregon Sports News
November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Is Olli Maatta And Why Is He So Awesome? by @LCJS

Olli Maatta is a rookie. Taken by the Penguins with their 2nd pick (22nd overall) in the 1st round of the 2012 Entry Draft, one may think that Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) would be the player getting first crack at the NHL. Watching Maatta play, however, will quell that thought. Maatta could have been taken by the Pens in that 8th spot and nobody would have batted an eye...
Via PensInitiative
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for season ahead

Starting next Thursday the puck will drop on a new season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Much like preseason in any sport, it gives the fans a taste of what to expect from the team and give a look at some younger talent.  The Penguins are 2-2-1 with their final preseason game Wednesday against at the Detroit Red Wings. Despite his age, Derrick Pouliot could be NHL ready. Penguins...
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins’ Defensive Prospects Nipping At Vet’s Heels For Roster Spots

Penguins' General Manager Ray Shero, or as we affectionately call him GMRS, has taken some heat in recent drafts for stockpiling defensive prospects and thereby bypassing forwards.  It's not an inaccurate criticism:  It's pretty clear to anyone who takes a look at the Penguins' minor league affiliates.  Their strength, without a doubt, is their plethora of defensive...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby strong in Penguins' win over Blackhawks

Sidney Crosby looks ready for the real stuff. He flashed regular-season form — including a on-one-knee goal — in the Penguins' 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an exhibition game United Center on Thursday. Defenseman Derrick Pouliot and fellow center Joe Vitale joined Crosby as Penguins' scorers. Goalie Tomas Vokoun played the entire game and did not...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

RECAP: Preseason Game 3: Pens look better, win.

Pens came out with a far better effort than they showed on Monday, and they were able to win despite blowing a 3-1 lead.  Who scored -- Derrick Pouliot played an expectional game in Chicago, all things considered. He wavered here and there, but it was all around great to see. He got the Pens on the board with a power-play goal. He won't make the team, nor should he,...
Via The Pensblog
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Bennett lifts Penguins past Blackhawks in shootout

Beau Bennett scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded after giving up a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night. Sidney Crosby, Derrick Pouliot and Joe Vitale scored in regulation for Pittsburgh (1-1-1). Chicago's Brandon Bollig shoveled in a rebound from a scrum in front of the net with 6:53 left in the third to tie...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Preseason Gameday - Pens @Blue Jackets 6:00 pm

Totally forgot this game was even happening. Hard to believe it is time for hockey. Where to watch In Pittsburgh - Root Sports ( Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey) Outside Pittsburgh - NHL network ( No clue what feed) Internet Streams ( check the comments) Where to listen WXDX, 105.9. Lineups Pens lineup for tonight: via   Storylines...
Via The Pensblog
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Pens rookie tourney roster

You can see the whole roster here. But look at this: Yeah. Pens look to be set on the blue line for a while. Jesse over at FF took a look at Derrick Pouliot last week. Definitely worth a peek.    
Via The Pensblog
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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