Title is pretty obvious to the thread. I dont get this prospect really, Im quite happy that Lemaire will be his future coach though; Pouliot takes a tonne of penalties. Hes already got 104 mins in 39 games when he had 102 all of last season in I think 67 games. I like how hes not a *****, but he shouldn't be cheap either. This bring his goal total to 32 in 39 games and pts to 58 on the year. Since the WJHC he has been quite good actually. Still unsure what he will materialize into though. Oh yeah, and Sudbury only scored 4 goals tonight, Pouliot got all 4.
Im really not sure, I dont actually get to watch any of his games, I just keep note of his stats along the way and try to pick up some information. I doubt he'd be bored. I think hes getting a little cocky almost is what I would think. I saw him alot with Canada programs, like in Whistler over the summer at the first camp and stuff like that and I think alot of national recognition is making him a little cockier; Im not sure if thats good or not.
A lot of Olymic teams have been using a Wild counter-attack system quite effectively: Slovakia and Sweden come to mind. The more speed and talent you have in that kind of system, the better. Pouliot's got all the right tools to be a very good Lemaire type player.
I think he needs to be up with the Wild, so Lemaire can scratch him every handful of games and switch him to defense for the others. That'll teach him.
The problem with Burns is, he isn't getting a lot of ice time on defense. He'll probably start picking up minutes when we let one of our defensemen go, if we are out of the playoff contention. At least he IS getting ice time.
Would you really want to face a Boogaard - Wanvig - Burns line?
Ben needs discipline. I wouldn't say he's bored, but he never seems to have to answer for his actions. The coach has no problem reprimanding his goalie, who has played in all but 7 games this season, for not stealing a game for them this weekend, but Ben consistently takes dumb penalties and never sees the bench, never gets called out in the media. I hope that whoever he's being coached by next year doesn't put up with this crap because it would be a waste of talent for Ben not to make it to the NHL. He showed what he could do defensively in the WJC under Brent Sutter, but seems to get away with everything under Foligno.
I see Pouliot play quite a bit here in Sudbury. Along with his natural skill, he unfortunately has a serious maturity problem. He plays when he wants to (floats a lot - no intensity) and takes a boatload of stupid penalties of the retaliatory kind, regardless of the score.
You can see the skill oozing. He's just not putting it to good use. I think Lemaire will do him good - he needs to get his *** handed to him more by coach Foligno.
All this being said, I think he could be a good player for you down the road. He just needs to grow up - a bit of a prima donna type.
Someone mentioned Patty O earlier in this thread. I've seen him lots and you guys have struck gold there. The kid is awesome and has much better skills (or at least puts them to use much better) than Pouliot. O'Sullivan seemed to float at times in the OHL, but was never out of position and probably was doing it to conserve energy since he seemed to be on the ice for half the game all the time. When he got the puck, watch out - he always made something happen. Anyway, my two cents.
He's such a hit or miss this season...first game back in the OHL this year he gets a hat trick, then 2 goals the next and goes into his lazy slumps...last friday he was the laziest player out there, penalties and barely skating, next night BOOM! he starts skating and plays the game hes capiable to play and scores 2 and gets an assist.
You cant predict the style of game hes going to play, he needs to be somewhere where he wants to be and wants to play 95-110% every night...i think that he wants to be in the 'Big Leagues' but reality is that he isn't ready for it yet. A year in the AHL next year would do him great, he needs motivation because last year his motivation was to impress everyone and get drafted as high as possible, which he did. But now he just seems to want to get the year over and goto the NHL...the only thing is he's yet to sign a contract