Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-09-2011, 02:17 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
as others do, I look at the AK and Pouliot as similar cases. Both have the size MTL needs, play more and more physical (again, something MTL needs) and also have a ton of potential.
I was a die hard AK hoper... hoping he would happen as a top flight first liner. He just never put it together like a top winger should, but he morphed into a useful 3rd line/2nd line winger. Oh well, not everyone can play on the top line.
As for Pouliot, well, he has skills but no hockey sense. When he should be anticipating that the puck goes left, he turns right. Simple as that. As much skill as you can have, you need to be in the right spot.
Someone here said he always tries to do everything too fast, not slowing down the play.... that has some merot too it. Again, that refers to Hockey IQ... knowing what to do, and when to do it.
He is fine in a third line role.
If another grinder starts to develop a bit of a scoring touch, such as White, then it is "move over benny, your spot has been filled." Until then, keep him there at a cheap price.
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