Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-12-2011, 08:27 AM
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Sitting at his table at the amateur draft back in 2005, having to select fifth overall, Bob Gainey has his plan of action. His target? Benoit Pouliot, a 6’2″ French-Canadian winger who just finished his rookie season with the Sudbury Wolves with 67 points including 29 goals in 67 games. However, the Minnesota Wild picks him just ahead of the Canadiens… who then have to go to plan B: Carey Price.
Pouliot returned to the Wolves where he collected 65 points, 35 of them goals, in only 51 games. He then struggled to bring his game to the next level, going back and forth between Houston and Minnesota for the next 3 years, before being traded to the Canadiens on November 23, 2009 for Guillaume Latendresse. We know the rest. Pouliot finished the season strong collecting 15 goals in 39 games for the Habs, playing on a line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.
Good article....odd how things work out at times. If we had a higher pick than Minny we would never have Carey Price. Also says Bob Gainey had say in first round. Many say it is Timmins but back then team was drafting much better in later rounds than first, I always suspected Gainey having the choice with first pick. In Gainey's early years as GM we had some major mistakes in frist round. Kostitsyn, Fischer, Chipchura, but late rounds were one of most successful teams.
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