Meh, we saw pouliot's act here. He went in a rampage once he got here with something like 12 goals in 15 games. The issue with him has always been consistency. He disappears for long stretches and eventually wears out his welcome.
I just don't understand how an NHL GM can think he will have success by building his team ONLY with high picks. I mean, teams that tanked properly still made trades after getting high end young players. After 3 straight number 1 pick, the Oilers still haven't made any move to improve their very, very bad defense.
Tambellini has to be the most useless GM in the whole league. Waiting for the young guys to improve without surrounding them with, at the very least, a little bit of experience and leadership is the best way to rebuild forever.
Duchene is nice, but I still can't believe people thought he was better than Tavares at one point. Still, he's much better than what he was last year.
Originally Posted by waffledave
Pouliot when on his game is a gamebreaker. He can do it all...hit, fight, score... when he's motivated he is like Lecavalier. His backhand is incredible and he has this amazing reach.
Like Kostitsyn, like even Bourque to an extent, none of them have the mentality to play that way regularly. You'd think having skill and physical ability, but for some of these guys, that's just not enough. These guys are good to have around for depth though, since they are affordable and at times make it harder to defend against you.
But at this point we have all seen enough of Pouliot to know what he will never be, and that's more than a depth scorer. He annoyed me, but I don't know why we let him go for free.
They beat the Chicago Blackhawks the other day, and their team +/- is +13. They've done this well in spite of the fact that 9 of their 14 games played thus far have been on the road.
I wonder if they're for real. I would be ecstatic to see them win the cup this year, would be something special to see Saku Koivu lift the Stanley Cup over his head. He's been unreal with 14 points in 14 games (and a great +12), that said his 4 goals are partly due to an unsustainable .286 shooting percentage.