Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter for Marc Pouliot. We here at the McLean household celebrated the resurrection of the Christ Jesus by playing hockey, drinking at McVeigh's and eating ham and chocolate. We're pagans and we're going to hell.
Well, at least I am.
Meanwhile Marc Pouliot, like Jesus Christ, has risen from the dead. A kid who has battled injuries, illness, his own indifference, a position change which went poorly and the fact that apparently every single player in his draft year is going to the HHOF suddenly looks like he may have figured it out. And just in time to save his career.
This year started with a move to the wing, an indifferent camp (again), getting farmed out and then nine games in his first stint with the Oilers which were positively Jacquesian in their futility. No goals. No assists. A minus seven. And back to the minors, maybe buried for good as Gagner, Cogliano and Brodziak zipped by him and Schremp.
Another callup a few weeks ago and it figured that this was it - I believe Lowetide called it Last Chance Texaco for Pouliot. A couple of games where he basically made sure that he would not get scored on. And then, well, the kid started to play. Saturday in the latest "Biggest Game of The Year" mere seconds after the Oilers finished coughing up a three goal lead Pouliot won a puck battle in the neutral zone along the boards. He wheeled out with the puck, moved it to a teammate and then charged into the zone and retrieved the shootin and moved it to the net. He followed up on the play and scored what can only be called a HUGE goal. Not just big. HUGE. Right, Andy? It was truly clutch. ;) All joking aside, the kid came out and made something happen when something had to be done. That's pretty cool.
So in the nine games since he has been recalled Pouliot has a goal and five assists, all at ES I believe. He has been a plus in five games and a minus in one. He had one game at 7 1/2 minutes but for the most part his icetime has been from around 9 1/2 to 12 minutes a game.
Its a damn small sample size and I don't think Stoll is going anywhere myself but does anyone out there think that Pouliot might be able to do a job if he's put between Torres and Pisani. Might cost a few games early on because for all of Stoll's troubles he is an established NHLer but maybe longterm? Stoll's main value is on special teams and on the draw. Pouliot is only two points behind him at ES for the season.
In any case the kid (another one!) is back in the mix!
Posted by Black Dog at 7:59 PM