28-Year-Old Center – Phoenix Coyotes
Marc-Antoine Pouliot Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in July of 2011.
Pouliot will step in for the suspended Martin Hanzal when the Coyotes take on the Kings on Thursday, Sarah McLellan reports.
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Pouliot comes to the desert after playing 69 games with the Lightning's AHL affiliate, where the center notched above a point-per-game pace (25 G, 47 A) in 2010-11. While the Coyotes have the option of sending him to their own AHL squad, the team's need for the emergence of strong center play could mean that Pouilot sticks on the big club's roster for much of the season. Keep an eye on him; if he's able to come even remotely close to his 72-point mark, he'll be a viable fantasy option in the desert.
Pouliot was inked to a one-year, two-way deal with the Bolts in July 2010. Even though he was selected (by Edmonton) in the 2003 Entry Draft, he's had trouble finding a consistent role in the NHL. Hence the two-way aspect of his recent contract, Pouliot could be a candidate for a similar role in 2010-11. Past injuries to his groin and pelvis are the likely culprits behind his inability to secure a more stable gig to this point.
Pouliot only had eight goals in 63 games for the Oilers in 2008-09. Pouliot is nothing more than a fourth line player for the Oilers and will be pushed for a roster spot by players who can fill the net a little more often than him.
Pouliot only scored one goal in 24 games for the Oilers last season. He will have to fight for a spot in the lineup during training camp or else this could be another season where he is shuffled back and forth between the NHL and AHL.
Pouliot saw action in 47 games with the Oilers this past season, recording 11 points. The organization is hoping he will have a strong camp and make the team from the start of the season, but even if he does, his development at this stage is not at the point of having a huge impact offensively.
Pouliot will battle for one of the few spots on the Edmonton roster available for forwards. More than likely, he will call the AHL home again, but may be one of the first called up in case of injury.
Pouilot was a tremendous point producer in the QMJHL. In four seasons, he racked up 268 points in 205 games. He'll need to get physically stronger in order to make the transition to the NHL, but when he does, he'll likely land on one of the top two scoring lines.