Benoit Pouliot Signs
After being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Boston Bruins for Michel Ouellet and a 5th round pick (Seth Griffith), Benoit Pouliot decided to sign a 1 year deal with the Lightning worth $1.8M.
Since being drafted 4th overall in 2005 by the Minnesota Wild, Benoit Pouliot has traveled from team to team and league to league in his 6 years of his NHL career. Pouliot started out playing 3 seasons with the Minnesota Wild and their AHL affiliate; the Houston Aeros. In those 3 seasons Pouliot recorded 38 goals and 46 assists for 84 points in 143 games while playing for the Aeros, as well as 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points in 52 games. In the season of 2009-10 Pouliot would start out playing 14 games for the Wild (2g, 2a, 4pts) before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens. There he would finish the season playing 39 games in Montreal (15, 9a, 24pts) and 3 games in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs (1g, 2a, 3pts). That season would earn him a spot for the 2010-11 season where he would score 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 79 games for the Canadiens. He would then play with the Bruins for last season where he recorded 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 74 games.
Prior to his NHL career, Pouliot played 3 seasons with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. His rookie season only had him seeing 4 games, but he made the most of it scoring 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points in those 4 games. Hi sophomore season would see his true value with him recording 29 goals and 36 assists for 65 points in 67 games. Pouliot would then explode in his final season scoring 35 goals and 30 assists for 65 points in 51 games.
At the age of 25, Pouliot still has time to grow into the player that he is meant to be. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman likely saw that which made him trade for him.
Lightning Signing rating: B-, lots of potential still. Signed cheap.