Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Montreal, PQ
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Pouliot has the right skill set to be a star player in this league, maybe not a super star but a star and can score 30 goals with a good play making centre,
however, he has serious off ice issues and problems
(that I know for a fact).
In my opinion, he will never live up to expectations and the 4th overall status, he should be packaged with a draft pick or prospect to get a better asset in Montreal, maybe a defenseman or possibly a really good young centre (a la Eller and Leblanc).
How do you know this for a fact? You're a friend of his? If so that's cool, but aside from that it's hear say if you aren't. It's a pretty awesome job of psycho analyzing a guy you don't even know if the case is that you have no connection with him, I must say
Just because people on HF say it's in his head doesn't make it fact. In fact I'd be more inclined to lean towards Martin being at fault here, and I'm more lenient with Martin than most here. He should have been given a number of chances to play with Gomer and Gio and never was. We had injuries and they'd give him like 1 shift on the line before dumping him on a 3rd or 4th line, both that are a mix of offensive and 4th liner type players rather than making a 3rd scoring line and a better 4th line.
Remember guys like Moen/Darche were not only on his line when he was on the 3rd line, but they were actually given roles on the top two lines ahead of Benny. If we want Benoit to succeed imo the first way to do it is giving him a chance on a scoring line. Doesn't have to be 2nd line but come on, the 3rd line we had enough makeup to make good. Center? Not a problem, Eller/DD are both good and developing nicely. Winger? Darche is one of those guys who isn't good enough for top 6 but could easily be a 3rd line scoring winger.
We could have easily assembled 3 scoring lines all year but no, instead we made 2 ****** 4th lines, not even good 4th lines imo because they were kind of just mix and matched. I don't get what would be so bad about trying a 3rd scoring line, especially when we have the players to make a great 4th checking and good 3rd scoring line, but don't have even somewhat the make up to do 2x checking lines, which is basically what we did all year, put Benny on a checking line.
Of course he isn't going to succeed down there. I'm amazed so many people put the full blame on Benny. Sure he had a terrible season, sure after a while he looked like he stopped caring, can anyone forget the first half of the season when he was one of the best point getter's versus time on ice in the NHL and he still couldn't force Jacques hand to give him a shot or assemble a line he could actually develop on?
I'm not saying Pouliot doesn't need to work hard this summer, or that he wasn't very frustrating to watch this season especially in the second half, but as a JM supporter in most cases, this is just one of the things he's done I can't for the life of me understand.
We could've had 3 scoring lines but he'd rather player Moen on the top lines etc.
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