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Tom Poti !!!


Awards and Achievements:
Olympic Silver Medalist (2002)

325 Points in 808 NHL Regular Season Games
19 Points in 51 NHL Play-off Games

Points among Defensemen - 7th(2003)

Scoring Percentages:
Points - 72, 66, 56, 54, 45, 44, 42, 37, 32

Best 6 Seasons - 337

Ice Time:
22.76 Minutes Per Game over 808 Games

Overall Time – 1st(2004), 1st(2007), 2nd(2002), 2nd(2003), 2nd(2008), 2nd(2009), 2nd(2010), 3rd(1999), 3rd(2000), 3rd(2001), 3rd(2006)

Even Strength – 1st(2000), 2nd(2002), 2nd(2003), 2nd(2007), 2nd(2008), 3rd(1999), 3rd(2004), 3rd(2006), 3rd(2010), 4th(2001)

Short-Handed – 1st(2004), 1st(2008), 1st(2009), 1st(2010), 1st(2011), 2nd(2003), 2nd(2007), 3rd(1999), 4th(2006)

Power Play– 1st(2004), 1st(2007), 2nd(2001), 2nd(2002), 2nd(2003), 2nd(2008), 2nd(2009), 2nd(2010), 3rd(1999), 3rd(2000), 3rd(2006)


Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hockey News - Player Bio
ASSETS: Has mobility. Can log a lot of ice time and also play a shutdown role, if required. Is a power-play asset due to a heavy shot from the point.

FLAWS: Injuries have curtailed his career. Should use his size more to keep forwards honest but is not physical enough. Is guilty of occasional brain cramps.




Scouting Reports:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1999-00
If last year was any indication, the Oilers have a gem in Poti. The rookie enjoyed a solid apprenticeship, logging a ton of ice time. Terrific mobility, good size and hockey smarts. A star in the making.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 1999-00
blossomed after Boris Mironov was sent to Chicago, and was among the club’s best players down the stretch. Skilled two-way defender is an outstanding skater who has yet to fully test his dynamic end-to-end abilities.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1999-00
A very good offensive defenseman who could be on his way to being an outstanding one. He is an excellent skater whose playing style fits in well with this fast Oilers team that embraces a European style of play. He is a fine puckhandler and passer. He has been compared to Paul Coffey for his vision and ability to spring teammates with headman passes. He has a long way to go to match Coffey’s offensive reputation, but he didn’t show many negative signs, either. He uses a low shot from the point that isn’t a rocket, so teammates can take advantage of it for tipins. He needs to work on his defense to become a better all-around player. He is intelligent and should keep learning.

Poti has good size but doesn’t use it well. He is still adding some muscle and needs to throw his weight around a bit more and add some grit to his game. He can skate all night.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2000-01
Considered a blue-chipper, Poti is still on the upswing. A fluid, stand-up skater, he fits in perfect with the high flying, traditional Oilers style. Poti, who has yet to reach his offensive potential, handles the puck brilliantly and unleashes a highly deflectable shot from the point. Still very young but handles all of the important assignments from the back. Tall but lean, he will be even better when he reaches full physical maturity. Still has a few aspects of his game to improve in order to develop into a more rounded player.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000-01
He carries the puck with speed and disguises his intentions… he prefers to use his stick instead of his body to do the defensive work. He has to deal with a medical condition, a severe food allergy, which forces him to pay strict attention to his nutrition and condition. His effortless skating style helps him handle a lot of minutes but he did seem to tail off last season from overwork… an outstanding rushing defenseman who is going to keep getting better.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2000-01
was a force early in the season and was among the league leaders in minutes played, however he was inconsistent after midseason before being manhandled by Dallas in the postseason… big, multi-talented rearguard is a constant end-to-end threat because of his strong puckcarrying skills and outstanding skating ability, however he tends to overhandle the puck at times and will need time to refine both his physical play and defensive zone coverage. A star in the making.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001-02
after a promising sophomore campaign, poti took a stride backwards last season, at times sliding out of Edmonton’s top-4 defensemen… it was a surprising bump in the road…
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2001-02
Soft and mistake-prone until February, managed to salvage his year in the second half and then played the best hockey of the season in the playoffs. A fast, powerful skater with excellent passing and shooting skillsstarted using his excellent size to be a physical presence and steadily regained confidence in his lethal puckrushing abilities… just needs time to mature and gain experience.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2001-02
Continues to tease observers with flashes of Norris ability. He has one-on-one moves comparable to a young Larry Robinson. He also has the size everyone looks for in an NHL defenseman and is a tremendous skater. What Poti lacks is consistency. He is prone to defensive lapses and tries to do too much by himself on occasion. However, there is no denying Poti’s talent.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2002-03
He is a good – but not great – “offenseman”. He doesn’t score enough to compensate for his defensive lapses, which are major. If he fails to either up his production or cut down on his defensive miscues, he’s going to be trouble to have in a lineup… comparisons to Paul Coffey were never fair… he will not become an elite offensive defenseman, but at least has a good role model in Brian Leetch…
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2002-03
has yet to prove he can take over a prominent role in the NHL. Scouts drool over his size and skating ability. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always make the best decisions. He can play on both sides of the ice but is usually more in control as a left defenseman.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2002-03
Mercilessly booed by irate Edmonton fans after holding out the first month… a graceful skater with tremendous acceleration and straight-line speed, Poti can be a lethal puckrusher and incisive passer when his confidence soars, but he can also be soft in his own zone, reluctant to use his imposing frame to impede opponents around the net…
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2002-03
Poti carried a lot of the minutes when leetch was out last season. Poti is a smart, likeable guy, and a great team man, but his defensive deficiencies are maddening.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2002-03
As good as Pori already is offensively, he may have just scratched the surface. As bad as he is defensively, the Rangers are hoping he can improve… he is very fast, sees the ice well and has an excellent shot. Furthermore, he has a rare goal-scorer’s mentality from the back end. Unfortunately, he needs more of a stay-at-home mentality, as well as greater physical presence, to become a more valuable asset.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2003-04
breathtaking speed… prone to making risky low-percentage passes… needs a steady veteran mentor to cover up and show him how to defend.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2004-05
season was filled with minor ailments and porous defensive play…steadfastly refuses to use his imposing frame as a physical deterrent. A soft, high-maintenance defender… has rebounded before.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2006-07
an offensive rearguard by reputation, had trouble producing last season… given that his defense is subpar, he really needs to rekindle that offensive element to be effective.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2007-08
Poti’s successful season on Long Island really took off when Marc-Andre Bergeron was added. The two formed a dynamic PP duo… perhaps all he needed was a talented partner. He was also 2nd on the club in ice time while short handed.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2007-08
led the team in icetime during the season and playoffs… continued his radical transformation from renegade puckmover to conservative stay-at-home typeexploits patient positioning and a huge reach in defensive situations, but only sporadically using his imposing frame as a physical deterrent. 14th in the league with 170 blocked shots… would also be a bigger factor if he wasn’t so reluctant to use his heavy shot. Always seems to have more to give, but should be a nice fit in Washington.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2008-09
Poti has always struggled to string together back-to-back consistent seasons. He’ll get another shot in 2008-09, after coming off a great first year in DC. He is prone to occasional lapses, but was far steadier than expected last season.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2009-10
had a nagging groin injury… experienced both highs and lows in the postseason… adept at eluding the initial forechecker and making a safe, simple outlet play
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2009-10
Poti regressed even further last season, thanks in no small part to a brutal groin injury that he fought for most of 2008-09. He came back into his own in the playoffs, and was especially strong against the rangers. He is an underrated shot blocker, while his poise at the point earns him duty on the 2nd PP unit.
Quote:
Originally Posted by McKeen’s 2010-11
did plenty of defensive heavy lifting last season including a large PK role which curtailed his point totals... stepped up in the playoffs with 4 points and a +9 before injury... continuted evolution from renegade puckmover to conservative stay at home type... adept at eluding the initial forechecker and making a safe, simple play... exploits patient positioning and huge reach defending, but rarely uses his imposing frame as a physical deterrent... a player who always seems to have more to give
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2010-11
The smooth skating defenseman is never going to be an overly physical player, but he is not as averse to contact as some think. His drawbacks have been accepted by Bruce Boudreau and Poti has turned into a very useful defenseman who can transition up the ice well and be trusted in all situations, especially on the penalty kill. A defenseman who can lead is team in PK minutes and post respectable even strength offensive totals is not exactly easy to find.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2011-12
led all Caps players in SH icetime for the 2nd consecutive season. Historically, Poti has proven he can produce big point totals from the blueline. However, the Caps don’t rely on him for that these days, instead, he’s found his niche as a big-minute shutdown guy..
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2011-12
career may sadly be over… there is much concern about a groin injury that does not seem to be healing as hoped… some speculate that even if he returns, he will never recapture the smooth-skating stride he was once known for. If true, it is a shame to see a defenseman who came into his own in Washington, not be able to continue performing at a level underrated by many..


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