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Pens' top defenseman prospect Pouliot deals with shoulder injury

The Penguins' Derrick Pouliot waits for a pass during the first period of a preseason game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Chicago.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

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, for the Calder Cup playoffs.

Pouliot, 20, was the eighth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Penguins also selected defenseman Olli Maatta in the first round of that draft.

Team developmental personnel rate Pouliot the No. 1 prospect. He was the WHL Defenseman of the Year this past season after producing 17 goals and 53 assists in 58 regular-season games. He also was a top defenseman for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship tournament.

— Rob Rossi

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