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Rangers sign Benoit Pouliot (1 year, $1.3M)
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07-26-2013, 04:44 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
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'.
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.
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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