Alain Goulet
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Alain Goulet

Hometown:

Kapuskasing Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-09-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (159th overall), 2007

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History
2006-07: Goulet averaged nearly a point a game during the regular season and was part of the Aurora Tigers championship winning team,. He finished out the postseason second in scoring among all defensemen with 21 points in 25 games. Goulet will attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall of 2007.

2007-08: Goulet completed his rookie season finishing second on the team in defensemen scoring with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 37 games. All of his goals came on the power play. Goulet’s first collegiate goal (and point) came back on Nov. 2 versus Michigan. His most memorable game came just over a week later on Nov. 8 when he posted a goal and an assist in Nebraska-Omaha’s 5-2 win at Ohio State.

2008-09: After leaving the University of Nebraska-Omaha for Gatineau, Goulet has done nothing but excel since joining his junior team on Dec. 27. Since then, the offensive-minded defenseman has averaged over a point per game with 16 goals and 19 assists in 32 games. He finished the regular season with the third-best plus/minus rating on the team with +21 and finished sixth on the team in scoring. Great stick reach and capable hands have already made him an integral part of the Gatineau power play during his short time with the team. Continued work on his leg strength and foot speed should help Goulet improve his skating as well as his lateral movement. While his up-ice vision and movement appear to be strong, he still needs to be more physical and confrontational in his defensive zone.

2009-10: Goulet spent his first pro season in the AHL with Providence. In 71 games, he scored 3 goals with 15 assists and was +1 with 28 PMs.

2010-11: Goulet opened the season with Providence before being demoted to ECHL Reading after one game. He returned to the Providence in March and finished the season with the P-Bruins. In 16 games with Providence, he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +1 with 10 PMS. In 49 ECHL games with Reading, including playoffs, Goulet scored 4 goals with 15 assists and was +7 with 31 PMs.

 

 

Talent Analysis

Goulet is a tall, smooth-skating puck-moving defenseman. He has good top speed when he gets going and skates with nice, long strides, but he has trouble with his tranisition footwork and lacks high-end quickness. He’s poised with the puck and moves well with it. He likes to be involved in the attack and will jump up and join the play when the opportunity presents itself. But for an offensive minded defenseman he hasn’t been able to deliver much offense as a pro to date. And while he has a big frame, he has trouble containing opposing players, particularly along the boards and in the corners.

 

Future

Goulet ended last season in Reading of the ECHL. It’s likely he starts there again this season. Long-term he looks like a long-shot to crack an NHL roster.