This is Marc Pouliot when he was a Hamilton Bulldog. He looks a little like Reggie Houle (except Houle shot left) in the photo and he was supposed to be a solid two-way player with plus skills just like Houle.
Pouliot is the poster boy for the Oilers subpar 2003 draft. Guy Flaming looks at the Edmonton picks one by one and draws some interesting conclusions.
My own feeling is that in the case of both Pouliot and Jacques there’s still enough there to keep them around for another year. I also think Josef Hrabel is a player worth watching. Kyle Brodziak and Zach Stortini appear to have a future in specific roles at the NHL level.
Having said that, it’s also safe to say the organization lost ground to pretty much every team in the league at the draft table in 2003. Injuries, attraction to Coke Machines and bad luck make this draft a sore spot 5 years on.