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06-11-2010, 11:26 AM
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i'm inclined to avoid labeling guys with a small sample size, one way or the other... aside from the absolute rarities (a la claude lemieux) who always improve their play/production in the post season, most of the hype (good or bad) around players and their playoff performance tends to be overstated based on one good or bad year/series...
for Pouliot, he's way too young and inexperienced to start predicting his ability to perform in the post season, but one thing that is mildly troubling is that his production, as a pro, in the post season, has been abysmal...
44games, 1 g 10 pts -12... not very promising.
but as a junior, he was lights out in the post season (24games, 16g 28 pts)...
hopefully it's just a matter of time and adaptation to the pro game.
I identify a no-show in the playoffs as a player who plays soft, doesn't get the puck in the corners, avoids traffic, stays clear of any hits. In this case, production inevitably goes down.
As you said, he's still young. Too early to use his pro stats to make a judgment.
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