Thread: Confirmed with Link: Rangers sign Benoit Pouliot (1 year, $1.3M)
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07-26-2013, 04:44 AM
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I guess we will find out his hidden defect soon enough, because Benoit Pouliot is a fantastic player on paper.

2010-11 Montreal Canadiens:

2nd among forwards in Corsi Rel. Playing slightly below average opposition with average linemates. Zone starts close to 50-50.

1st among forwards in ES scoring (P/60) with 2.10. Slightly low On-ice Sh% (7.71%), and average Sh% (10.61%). Nothing unsustainable.

2011-12 Boston Bruins:

6th among forwards in Corsi Rel. Playing slightly above average competition with poor linemates. Zone starts were biased toward the offensive zone.

8th among forwards in ES scoring (2.08 P/60) on a dominant ES team. Both on-ice (10.02%) and individual Sh% (14.43%) were high.

2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning:

2nd among forwards in Corsi Rel. Playing slightly above average competition with slightly below average linemates. Zone starts close to 50-50.

His scoring stats are different between behindthenet.ca and hockeyanalysis.com, so I'll present them both:

BHN - 3rd in ES scoring (2.49 P/60) behind St. Louis and Stamkos.

HA - 2nd in ES scoring (2.36 P/60) behind only St. Louis.

High On-ice shooting percentages (12.32%), but not when compared to the rest of the team and Tampa has been a high percentage scoring team for years.

His individual Sh% was also slightly high (13.46%) but in line with most of his teammates'.


Conclusion:

Pouliot has been a good possession player that has been scoring at an almost elite level at ES (39th in the league among forwards over the past 3 seasons) despite playing in a limited role. While not playing against top competition, he has hardly been sheltered.

Teams constantly giving up on him is a definite red flag, but he seems to have big breakout potential.

Prediction:

Pouliot will find himself on a new team for the 2014-15 season. But not due to a bad year, but rather that he priced himself out of the Rangers' budget.

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