That’s Marc Pouliot winning a draw in an NHL game. This was from early 2007 (I think it was the penalty shot game) and at that time (and this past season) Pouliot looked like he’d turned something of a corner.
“He played out of position [in the NHL], wasn’t comfortable and had a couple of bad games and put himself in the doghouse and rightfully so for the mistakes he made. He gets a confidence level from playing a lot in the AHL and I think looking at our young [NHL] guys and how they’ve come along, I think that he could establish that with this team next year. I think we’d have to play him at center though and make the decision that we’d have to live with [his mistakes] for the short term. He just needs consistency; don’t be afraid to make mistakes because they’re going to happen but limit the mistakes.” -Kevin Prendergast March 2008.
I think we know a little more about Pouliot than we did a couple of summers ago. The points won’t come easy but he has some skill and he appears to be a pretty smart cookie. Added to his natural gifts (the man can pass and take a pass, it’s what made him a top point-getter in juniors) he should have an NHL career.
Marc Pouliot won’t clear waivers if the Oilers ship him out during training camp. He’s one of the favorites to win a job on the 4line or as an extra forward, along with the unsigned Reasoner, agitator Stortini and Sugartits Schremp.
“Marc’s been one of our best players since he’s been down here and that’s been the majority of the season. He plays on the first line, he kills penalties, first line power play also and the one thing he does really well is protect the puck well down low in the offensive zone and he creates a lot of chances. He’s willing to battle, he’s been in a couple of fights, he’ll take hits to make plays and he’s very passionate about his game. If there’s one weakness it would be his down low coverage in the defensive zone.” -Kelly Buchberger’s scouting report given on March 4
In 2005 fall, Marc Pouliot was sent out September 29th as the Oilers reduced their roster to 28 (the last forward cut that year was Robbie Schremp). On October 3, 2006 the Oilers made their final cut and it was Pouliot. Last season Pouliot made the team and hung around until November 3rd when they sent him to the minors. He had played 9 games, and was 0-0-0 and -7.
All he has to do this fall is shine more than Ryan O’Marra, Gilbert Brule, Ryan Potulny, Bryan Lerg, Liam Reddox and Slava Trukhno and he’s in. He’ll have to overcome his tendency to have pedestrian training camps but there is some hope he can play in the NHL and possibly (over time) emerge from the group that includes Kyle Brodziak and possibly Marty Reasoner.
“I think over the last few weeks Pouliot has been [Springfield’s] best forward. He’s assumed the No. 1 center role on that team; he’s gone down to Springfield and done everything we’ve asked him to do. I think we’d like to get him a few games with the big team before the end of the year but they’re trying to make the playoffs so if we don’t, that’s not going to affect his status with the team and we think he could play in the NHL next year.” -Kevin Prendergast on March 5, 2008. NOTE: Pouliot would in fact get a recall, playing in 15 games March 7-April 3 and going 1-6-7, +6.
All quotes courtesy Guy Flaming.