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05-10-2011, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by NewHabsEra View Post
For the 100th time, Pouliot just cant work in restraint space, his puck protection stinks and he cant even cycle the puck like a Pro.. He doesnt react well when pressured by his opponents.. The guy is too easy to play against to be an effective bottom line player and not skilled enough to play on our top lines... Some people get excited easily, the kid is tall but not big, he clearly lacks strength and stamina.. Pouliot showed that he had some decent hands at time but this is certainly not enough to get overly excited like some of you are, the kid need space and time to react and make a play, so he will look decent at times against poor opposition but as soon as it gets tighter, tougher and more defensively battled, he desapear. The kid has never teared up the OHL, the Wild gave up on him so maybe its time for some of you to realize this kid is destined to bust..
You nailed it. He definitely has skill. Nobody is questioning that. He has a crazy shot, slick hands. But he lacks so many key pieces to compete as a TEAM player, I just don't think he will ever bring it all together.
Your point about him not cycling is perfect. I have never seen this kid cycle. With his size, he should be able to dominate the half boards. Why do you think his goals all come from 50 feet out on the rush? He seems to have no desire to fine tune his game and become a team player.

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