I’ve done a ton of “comps” for Pouliot since 2003 and Jarret Stoll has been a very strong comparable. Stoll has a terrific shot, Pouliot does not and that alone probably means Stoll will have more offense in his career than MAP (Stoll is also a good passer and has very good secondary skills like FO %).
Still, if the comps have held true all down the line then we might expect them to hold true for the future.
Here are the Gabriel Desjardins’ NHL equivalencies by age (year) and then the NHL totals as they both make the grade.
These are per 82gp, and as with all Desjardins’ NHLE numbers, one assumes the player would be airlifted onto an NHL roster with the same quality linemates, TOI and PP/PK time.
Stoll 13-13-26 (.317) (jr)
Pouliot 11-15-26 (.317) (jr)
Stoll 16-26-42 (.512) (jr)
Pouliot 14-18-32 (.390) (jr)
Stoll 17-18-35 (.427) (jr)
Pouliot 15-22-37 (.451) (jr)
Stoll 11-18-29 (.354) (AHL)
Pouliot 9-19-28 (.341) (AHL)
Stoll NHL numbers 68gp, 10-11-21 (.309)
Pouliot NHL numbers 46gp, 4-7-11 (.239)
Since we now have some direct NHL numbers for comparison, let’s do that. Pouliot as a 21 year old rookie up against Stoll at the same age.
Stoll ES points-per-60mins: 1.39
Pouliot ES points-per-60mins: 1.17
Stoll PP points-per-60mins: 2.95
Pouliot PP points-per-60mins: 1.11
The Oilers had a better offense when Stoll was a rookie (221-192). Pouliot got more PP time (really) than Stoll during their rookie seasons, but the sample size is so small I don’t think we can really read too much into it (Stoll had 2 points in 40PP minutes, Pouliot had 1 point in 54PP minutes).
The comp still looks pretty good to me, considering the train wreck that was the Oilers team during the stretch run. Pouliot has not proven he can put up enough offense to be considered a top 6F option, but if we are to believe Desjardins’ he’s a lot closer to Stoll’s offense than it might appear at this time.