I've talked to the McKeen's people, and they're actually pretty good about quoting articles. They said a paragraph here and there is fine. Here's some of what they say:
"The other centerman for the Oceanic, he’s been overshadowed by Sidney Crosby all year .. we had some concerns about him going as early as he did in last year’s draft, but he looks completely worth it... a silky-smooth centerman can stickhandle through a crowd with patented puck skills and elusive skating... very good vision and anticipates effectively with his passes... sticks his nose and gets access to all jurisdictions of the ice... an uncanny first step allows him to change pace and create a play without wasting a second."
I'm glad he seems to be as offensively skilled as we heard, but a few questions I have for anyone who has seen him:
1) How is his skating?? I've heard claims that he's sub-par and others that he is a fantastic skater.
He won't be confused with the fastest players in the league, but I had heard a couple of times that he just looked bad on his skates. Well I think I've seen about 5 games of his this year, and I haven't noticed that problem at all, he looks pretty good on his skates.
2) Will he be strong enough to handle the jump straight to the NHL from juniors in a year or two?
It's hard to tell with guys from the Q... it isn't the most physical league. However I think he gained 10 pounds on last year and hopefully he can do that again this summer.
3) Is he good enough defensively that the Oilers won't want him to spend some time in the minors?
He isn't bad at all defensively, but I could see him spending a season down in Toronto just getting used to pro hockey. But he doesn't have any massive defensive short comings from what I have seen.
I don't think Pouliot is going to have too many problems.. he's not exactly a Satan/Czerwawski clone, he has some defensive skill. A year in Toronto might be good for him though.. I s'pose we'll see in a couple years
This kid got buried by some pretty smart people way too soon. He has passed the 20 goal mark, and is scoring at a better clip this season than the last one. He's probably not going to play in the big leagues until at least 2005, so he has lots of time.