Benoit Pouliot: not tendered qualifying offer (June 27)
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05-17-2011, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Benny is a mixed bag.
In a way, he's done well for the opportunities he's been given. In very limited ice time, in hardly no power play time, with 3rd and 4th line linemates, and with an incredibly short leash, he scored 17 goals. That's pretty good. He is an elite skater, has a cannon of a shot, is creative with the puck, has won a few fights and does get his fair share of hits.
But when he's bad, he's bad. His sissy balance issues, his awful turnovers and his perceived lack of effort/aggression/passion make him look worse than he really is. But, as many have said, it's all in his mind. If he can harness all of his skills and be confident, whatever his teammates and whatever his role, he could be amazing.
Personally, I'd give him one more year and I'd place him in a position to succeed. How about Eller - Pouliot - AK46? Give them 20 games together, 15 minutes a game, some PP time when they are really playing well and a bit longer leash.
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