2010-11: Emile Poirier played for Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 27 goals with 24 assists in 42 games and had 20 penalty minutes. In five playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes. Poirier was selected by Gatineau in the third round (38th overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2011-12: Poirier played in 67 games for Gatineau in his first QMJHL season. He scored 15 goals with 25 assists and was minus-17 with 53 penalty minutes. The Olympiques reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the West Division. Poirier scored 1 goal and was minus-three with 8 penalty minutes in the four game series with Blainville-Boisbriand.
2012-13: Poirier was the leading scorer for Gatineau in his second year with the team – scoring 32 goals with 38 assists in 65 games – and had an even plus/minus while finishing third on the Olympiques with 101 penalty minutes. Gatineau finished fifth in the West Division and advanced to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs; being swept by eventual champion Halifax. Poirier scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was minus-two with 14 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. Poirier was ranked 39th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
A speedy offensive forward, Poirier improved steadily in his draft year. He's got great hands, an accurate shot and can make plays at top speed, leading to him often taking defenders by surprise. He plays with plenty of confidence in his abilities and seems to have a knack for creating offensive chances where none appear to exist. Needs to continue to round out his game, especially improving his play without the puck. Continuing to get stronger and adding a physical element to his game would also help tremendously.
Poirier will return to the Gatineau Olympiques for another season of development in 2013-14. He has already demonstrated a quality skill set to the Flames coaching staff and another year in junior can only help his growth and development as a player. Poirier is at least a year or two away from any serious consideration for a position in the Flames lineup. However Poirier will be strongly considered by Team Canada for a spot on the 2014 WJC team. If selected, Poirier can follow other talented players who have gained valuable experience from the tournament. Calgary will be looking forward to having the highly skilled winger in the future lineup, who has already accumulated 20 points in 12 games for the Olympiques this season.