PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: A general view of the arena during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

2012 NHL Draft: After Jordan Staal Trade, Pens Get Derrick Pouliot, Olli Maatta

The Penguins got the No. 8 overall pick in the Jordan Staal trade and used it to acquire Derrick Pouliot.

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NHL Draft 2012: Penguins Select Derrick Pouliot With No. 8 Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins had an eventful ten minutes on Friday night at the 2012 NHL Draft, trading Jordan Staal for a package that included the Carolina Hurricanes' No. 8 pick in the 1st Round. With the building still stirring from the trade announcement, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero strode to the podium to make the selection. Shero opted to go with a defenseman who many considered to be the best offensive blue-liner in the draft, Derrick Pouliot.

Pouliot is a prospect from the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. The Staal trade netted center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who just signed his entry-level deal in April. But Pouliot is yet another stud prospect, with analysts citing Kris Letang as a potential NHL comp. More on Pouliot from SB Nation's Travis Hughes:

A native of Estevan, Saskatchewan, Pouliot was ranked No. 12 among all North American skaters by NHL central scouting, and ranked No. 17 overall by TSN. Pouliot could be labeled a potential power play quarterback, with a solid 48 assists during the 2011-12 Western Hockey League season. He also scored 11 goals, and finished second in scoring among Portland blueliners with 59 points. During his rookie season in 2010-11, Pouliot scored 30 points and notched 25 assists for Portland in 66 games.

For more on the NHL Draft, check out SB Nation's NHL hub page.


Jordan Staal Trade: Penguins Trade Center For Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, And No. 8 Pick

After rampant offseason rumors, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally worked out a deal with the Hurricanes, trading center Jordan Staal to Carolina where he'll play with his brother Eric. The Pens haul included Carolina center Brandon Sutter, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, and defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

More: Follow The Entire 2012 NHL Draft From Consol Energy Center Here

After Staal reportedly turned down a massive 10-year proposed contract, General Manager Ray Shero worked out the Draft night deal and got a significant package in return. Sutter will immediately step in play center on the third line while Dumoulin is a big defenseman who just signed his entry-level deal in April after winning a national championship with the Boston College Eagles.

As Shero took the podium to make the No. 8 selection, he thanked Staal for "six great years" in Pittsburgh, which included a Stanley Cup run in 2009. Amazingly, Staal was dealt on the night of his wedding. It was certainly the highlight of the first round, creating a stir in the crowd at Consol Energy Center.

For more on Staal and his future, head over to PensBurgh.

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