Benoit Pouliot

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-09-29

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st round (4th overall), 2005 by MIN

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: This gifted scorer has burst onto the OHL scene a virtual unknown and has had a great rookie season with Sudbury. He was named the 2005 OHL Rookie of the Year, which should result in him being a top 10 NHL pick. He played for Team Ontario in the 2004 Canada-Russia challenge series. He played in the 2005 CHL top prospects game.

2005-06: After getting drafted fourth overall in 2005 by the Wild, Pouliot went on to have another strong OHL season with Sudbury. Led the Wolves with 35 goals, and was selected to the OHL Eastern Conference All Star Team. Also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships. Signed a contract with the Wild in May and played in two AHL playoff games with the Houston Aeros.

2006-07: Tallied 19 goals and 17 assists in 67 games, his first full AHL season with Houston. Also made his NHL debut with the Wild in November of 2006.

2007-08: Scored 10 goals and had 14 assists in 46 games. Aeros played a much more defensive style of game under new coach Kevin Constantine, and Pouliot seemed to struggle to adjust to the new regime somewhat, but improved as the season went on. He got an extended call up and added two goals and an assist in 11 games with the Wild, and made his NHL playoff debut.

Talent Analysis

Pouliot is a very talented player who has yet to put it all together at the pro level. An explosive skater with a good handle on the puck and a hard, accurate shot, he has the tools to be a top-line forward in the NHL. Questions about his attitude, commitment to playing defense and consistency have dogged him since turning pro however. If he can master the mental side of the game and learn a more disciplined approach to the game, he could be a top talent. If not, he could find himself playing in Europe.

Future

Pouliot is at the end of his entry-level deal.

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