Benoit Pouliot signed with the Boston Bruins on July 1st, 2011, after a season with the Montreal Canadiens.
“Pouliot is a player that was drafted quite high and this would be his third team,” Chiarelli said in a conference call with the media Friday afternoon. “We like his skill, we like his size, we think he’d fit in with our team. He’s got a good shot off the wing, he’s still young, we feel he’ll develop, and we were happy to get him at that number.” Espn.com reported.
After a season with the Bruins, Pouliot played in 74 games, and totaled 16 goals and 16 assists. Only a year later, on June 23rd, 2012, Charelli traded the inconsistent forward to Tampa Bay for a fifth round pick and forward Michael Ouellet.
This trade worked out for Pouliot, who in 16 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning has already netted five goals and eight assists, with a plus/minus rating of 7.
He had nothing but positive things to say about his former team, “It was awesome… they took care of me very good and they pushed me. Everyone pushed me, the coaching staff, all the guys. Just to see how they work hard in practice and in games… It was a great experience, great year.” Eric Russo reported here.
Wishing nothing but the best for Pouliot.