Benoît Pouliot

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Benoît Pouliot
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Born (1986-09-29) September 29, 1986 (age 28)
Alfred, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 4th overall, 2005
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2006–present

Benoît Robert Pouliot (born September 29, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers. Pouliot was originally drafted by the Wild fourth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Pouliot grew up in St. Isidore, Ontario, playing for his hometown St. Isidore Eagles, where he was coached by his father Sylvain. Pouliot was later promoted to the AA Eastern Ontario Cobras of the ODMHA where he played up until the Bantam age level. He also saw time in Jr.B. with Les Castors de Clarence Creek.

Pouliot was later drafted in the 11th round, 207th overall, by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Sudbury Wolves in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection after playing for the Cobras. The following season, he was reassigned to the Hawkesbury Hawks Jr.A. club of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), a team his father had previously played for.

In his first year, Pouliot won the Emms Family Award as the OHL's top rookie for 2004–05. On July 30, 2005, after his first full season of major junior hockey, he was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Later that year, he was also named to the Canadian junior team that ultimately won the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He finished the 2005–06 season with 65 points in 51 games, including 35 goals.

Professional[edit]

Pouliot signed a tryout contract with Minnesota's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros, on April 28, 2006, playing there for two games in the team's Semifinal Calder Cup playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals. He was then signed professionally to the Wild on May 1. He made his NHL debut later in the year, on November 22, against the Montreal Canadiens, after which he would return to the Aeros until March 15, 2008.[1]

Pouliot scored his first two career NHL goals for Minnesota against Calgary Flames on March 22, 2008, though the Wild still lost the game, 5–4.[2]

Pouliot later was placed on the 2008–09 roster at the beginning season. After scoring just 11 points in 37 games, Pouliot was later sent down to the AHL's Aeros. On November 23, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Guillaume Latendresse.[3]

On July 1, 2011, Pouliot signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins on a one-year, $1.1 million contract.[4] On June 23, 2012, as a pending unrestricted free agent, Pouliot's rights were traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Michel Ouellet and a fifth- round draft pick (131st overall) used later that day at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to select Seth Griffith.

On July 5, 2013, again as a free agent, Pouliot signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Rangers.

After a successful season with the Rangers and looking for term after playing on three successive one-year deals, Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2014.[5]

Personal[edit]

Pouliot's brothers are also hockey players[citation needed]; David is a defenceman with the St. Isidore Junior C Eagles,[when?] and Hugo played for the Hawkesbury Hawks.[when?] In 2005, Hugo led the Hawks to the CJHL championship and the Fred Page Cup. Now[when?] Hugo plays for the Alexandria Jr. B Glens, and the Glens went on to win the EOJBHL championship.

The day after Pouliot scored his first-ever OHL goal, his father died from leukemia.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Hawkesbury Hawks CJHL 1 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Clarence Creek Beavers EOJHL 38 13 17 30 86 5 0 2 2 8
2003–04 Sudbury Wolves OHL 4 2 2 4 0 4 2 1 3 0
2004–05 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 29 38 67 102 12 6 8 14 20
2005–06 Sudbury Wolves OHL 55 35 30 65 120 8 10 2 12 16
2005–06 Houston Aeros AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Houston Aeros AHL 67 19 17 36 109
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Houston Aeros AHL 46 10 14 24 67 3 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 11 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 5 6 11 18
2008–09 Houston Aeros AHL 30 9 15 24 20 20 1 7 8 28
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 2 2 4 12
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 15 9 24 31 18 0 2 2 6
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 1 2 3 4
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 17 30 87 3 0 0 0 7
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 74 16 16 32 38 7 1 1 2 6
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 8 12 20 15
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 80 15 21 36 56 25 5 5 10 26
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 19 15 34 28
NHL totals 429 95 99 194 285 54 6 8 14 45
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Vancouver

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada WJC 1st 6 0 5 5 14
Junior totals 6 0 5 5 14

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL
First All-Rookie Team 2005
Second All-Star Team 2005
Emms Family Award 2005
CHL Rookie of the Year 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macdonald, James. "WILD GAMEDAY - March 15, 2008". NHL.com. NHL. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "NHL Event Summary". NHL.com. 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Canadiens trade Latendresse for Pouliot". The Sports Network. 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Bruins sign free agent Benoit Pouliot". Boston.com. 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Oilers sign Pouliot, Fayne". ESPN. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  6. ^ "The son also rises". Slam Sports. 2005-05-25. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 

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Preceded by
Bryan Little
OHL Rookie of the Year
2004–05
Succeeded by
John Tavares
Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
CHL Rookie of the Year
2004–05
Succeeded by
John Tavares
Preceded by
A. J. Thelen
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
James Sheppard