Colorado Avalanche: Raiding the Oilers Roster

Apr 11, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrate forward Taylor Hall (4) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrate forward Taylor Hall (4) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 2, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Benoit Pouliot, Left Wing

Benoit Pouliot earned his current contract ($4 million per season through 2018/19) after a decent year and an excellent playoff run with the New York Rangers. He’s since managed to have a career year for the Oilers, scoring at a rate that would put him just behind Duchene on the Colorado Avalanche.

However, he did this while playing most of the time with Connor McDavid and getting sheltered zone starts. He also historically has never put up numbers like this. I seriously doubt he’d be able to keep up this level of production on a new team.

There’s also the suspicious fact that he’d played for 5 different teams over 5 seasons (MIN, MTL, BOS, TB, & NYR) before arriving in Edmonton, and the Oilers already tried to trade him at the deadline. I suspect that Mr. Pouliot might not be a great guy to have in the dressing room.

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