News:Benoit Pouliot was not spotted during warmups before Sunday's game against the Hurricanes, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if Benoit Pouliot is dealing with any sort of injury here, but for now it looks like he will sit out Sunday's game.
News:Benoit Pouliot scored the Lightning's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Sabres on Sunday. He now has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games.
Analysis: He's also plus-5 in the same five games. He's a worthy wire grab, at least in the short term.
News:Benoit Pouliot picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's win over Carolina, his first points since Feb. 23.
Analysis: To be fair, Benoit Pouliot missed almost all of March with a shoulder injury, but the scoreless stretch lasted seven games nevertheless. He certainly benefited from skating with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos in this one, and if his game has truly come around, could be a sneaky pickup down the stretch.
News:Benoit Pouliot (shoulder) will return to action against the Sabres on Tuesday, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot, who last suited up March 2, checks back into the Lightning lineup with 14 points in 21 games to date.
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) was no longer wearing the red no-contact jersey at practice, but he may not return to action until next week, according to Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: He didn't take line rushes at Friday's practice and Erlendsson speculated about a Tuesday return. Activate him as usual once you see his name in a box score.
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) could return as soon as this weekend, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot, who last suited up on March 2, was off to a solid start prior to his injury, racking up 14 points in his first 21 games in a Lightning uniform.
Lightning's Pouliot (Upper Body) Skated Friday Morning With No-Contact Jersey
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) skated Friday morning with a red no-contact jersey, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot has been out since March 2 when he suffered an upper-body injury. He has 14 points over 21 games this season.
Lightning's Pouliot (Upper Body) Likely To Play In Two Weeks
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) is expected to be ready to play in two weeks, RDS' Renaud Lavoie reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot suffered the upper-body injury March 2 and has been out ever since. He has registered 14 points in 21 games this season.
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) has been placed on IR, retroactive to March 2, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot, who checks in with 14 points in 21 games to date, is thus eligible to come off IR as early as Saturday, though he may not be ready that soon.
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) won't play this week, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: There are still no specifics on Benoit Pouliot's injury, but the implication here is that he will miss some time, starting with Monday's game against the Penguins.
Bolts To Release Update On Pouliot (Upper Body) Monday
News: The Lightning will not release an update on Benoit Pouliot (upper body) until Monday, reports Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Analysis: His arm was in a sling Saturday night after being hit from behind into the glass by Boston's Dennis Seidenberg. Don't be surprised if he's out for a while.
News:Benoit Pouliot (upper body) was seen with his right arm in a sling after leaving Saturday's game with an injury, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: The sling could signify a number of injuries, including issues with Benoit Pouliot's shoulder or elbow. The exact nature of the injury is currently unknown.
Lightning's Pouliot (Upper Body) Leaves Game Saturday
News:Benoit Pouliot left Saturday's game with an upper body injury and will not return, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: Consider Benoit Pouliot day-to-day until more information is available. He's off to a fantastic start this season with 14 points (six goals) through 20 games.
News:Benoit Pouliot has quietly turned up the offense in February. He had three assists Tuesday against Toronto to stretch his current streak to four games and seven points, and he has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last nine games.
Analysis: Va-va-va-VOOM. Benoit Pouliot is seeing time on the top two lines and seems to be fitting in, whether it's with Vinny Lecavalier or Steven Stamkos. Remember, it's not your top-round choices who win you a title, but your mid-round and waiver picks who ultimately deliver. Pouliot's one of those guys.
News:Benoit Pouliot scored a goal in Monday's loss to the Islanders. He saw 10:20 in ice time.
Analysis: Right now, he's on a line with B.J. Crombeen and Adam Hall, which will limit his fantasy upside to the deepest of leagues ... for now. He does have talent to move into the top six should anyone falter.
News:Benoit Pouliot has impressed Lightning head coach Guy Boucher during training camp, reports TampaBayLightning.com. "He's got a lot of upside," said Boucher. "He's a big guy who can give us some secondary scoring, he can play on the power play, and he's not afraid to go in front of the net." Unfortunately, Pouliot has not seen ice time yet with Vinny Lecavalier on the second line.
Analysis: Cory Conacher has performed so well at camp that he's skated exclusively with Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell. Benoit Pouliot seems to understand he's in a battle: "Whatever they want me to do, I'll just do it." And he's struggling to comprehend Boucher's system, which is significantly different than what he knew from Boston. Push him down your cheat sheet a little for now. He might become waiver fodder once the season starts.
News:Benoit Pouliot will get a chance to earn a job on the second line alongside Vinny Lecavalier, reports the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: The guy is an enigma -- he's never really lived up to the hype of being a former number four draft pick. But perhaps playing alongside a fellow Quebecer will inspire him. Upgrade him if he starts the season on that line.
News:Benoit Pouliot has signed a one-year extension with the Lightning, reports RDS's Renaud Lavioe.
Analysis: The deal is worth $1.8 million; Benoit Pouliot will get a shot to earn a top-six job during training camp. Keep him on your fantasy radar -- any gig beside either Steven Stamkos or Vinny Lecavalier is worth a flyer.
News: Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is goint to "give [Benoit Pouliot] the opportunity" to be a top-six forward in Tampa Bay, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: "He's got the skill, the ability to play with our top guys," said Yzerman after acquiring the winger on Saturday. Benoit Pouliot is 6-3 and just a shade under 200 lbs, and is fast with decent skill. At 25, the winger is inconsistent, but he doesn't shy away from the dirty work along the wall or in the kitchen. Pouliot could be a real sleeper come draft day.
News:Benoit Pouliot was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Michel Ouellet and a fifth-round pick Saturday, BostonBruins.com reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot's contract is up, so the Lightning will need to extend him a qualifying offer to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
News:Benoit Pouliot scored the Bruins' only goal Saturday in a 2-1, double-overtime loss to the Capitals.
Analysis: He won't score many this postseason but will provide depth offense if you're overloading on Bruins after each round ... that is, if you think they're bound for a repeat.
News:Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over the Ducks. He now has points in five of his last six games.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot has meshed nicely with linemates Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston. The trio has provided the B's with a well-balanced third line that is capable of providing some offensive spark.
News:Benoit Pouliot scored a goal and two assists in Monday's 8-0 win over the Leafs.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot now has five points over his last three games, as the Bruins' third line (Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston) is in the midst of a surge that has helped the team win two straight. We're skeptical that Pouliot will stay hot, as the team's top two lines figure to get in the scoring groove at any time, but those scrambling for a short-term left wing plug-in are free to see if he can keep it going.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) played Thursday against the Panthers, seeing 13:10 worth of ice time.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot, who picked up an assist in the game, now checks in with 10 goals and 22 points through 62 games, numbers that make him of modest utility in most formats.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Lightning, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot remains in the day-to-day category for the Bruins, who, on the plus side, will welcome Daniel Paille back to the lineup Tuesday.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) won't play Sunday against the Penguins, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: With Benoit Pouliot out, Max Sauve will make his debut Sunday on the team's third line along with Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston.
News:Benoit Pouliot was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower body injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: It's apparently a setback with the injury that slowed him earlier this week. Benoit Pouliot is considered day-to-day for now. Mike Mottau filled in for him as a forward for Saturday's loss to Washington.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) saw 12:31 worth of ice time Thursday against the Sabres.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot, who checks in with 10 goals and 21 points overall in 61 games, has had his ups and downs this season, but he's looked better of late and still has time to make a case for the Bruins to consider re-upping him for next year.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) will play Thursday night against the Sabres, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: With Benoit Pouliot good to go and avialable to skate on the team's third line Thursday, the Bruins have sent Max Sauve back to AHL Providence.
News:Benoit Pouliot (lower body) should play Thursday against Buffalo, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: That's not a lock though, with Max Sauve on hand to skate on the B's third line against the Sabres should Benoit Pouliot end up sitting Thursday night.
News:Benoit Pouliot suffered a lower body injury Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, csnne.com reports.
Analysis: With Benoit Pouliot's injury, the hurting Bruins are now down four wingers at the moment. Pouliot's play this season has been inconsistent, but he had picked it up of late, notching three points in his last two games, including a pair of helpers Tuesday.
Bruins' Pouliot Skates With Third Line At Practice
News:Benoit Pouliot skated on the Bruins' third line at Tuesday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot had a shot to work on the B's second line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci, but coach Claude Julien continues to juggle the lineup, as the team is down two right wings and struggling to find consistency on offense. As long as Poulot works with the likes of wingers Jordan Caron and centers Carter Camper and Josh Hennessy, his fantasy upside is limited.
News:Benoit Pouliot was a minus-2 in 15:29 worth of ice time in Friday's loss to the Jets.
Analysis: With top right wingers Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley both out, opportunity knocks for Benoit Pouliot, who will have a chance to work with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on one of the B's top two lines. Pouliot has just one point in his last 10 games, but it was a nifty goal Wednesday against Montreal. Playing with a creative playmaker like Krejci figures to get him added scoring chances going forward, so Pouliot could be a sneaky pickup in deeper formats.
News:Benoit Pouliot picked up three assists in Thursday's 9-0 win over the Flames.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot subbed in for the ailing Brad Marchand on Thursday on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin and did not look one bit out of place. With 13 points in 32 games, Pouliot is a marginal fantasy option, but he's come on after a slow start and has been a solid contributor on the B's third line, along with his speedy linemates, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.
News:Benoit Pouliot grabbed his fourth goal of the season in Monday's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, giving him three points in the last five games.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot has just five points on the season but has been busy of late for Boston with two goals and an assist in the last four games. He went the entire month of October without registering a point, so, like most, he is prone to streaks.
News:Benoit Pouliot grabbed the game-winning goal in Tuesday's win over New Jersey, his second goal of the season.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot was rewarded for his hard work on the winning-goal, cashing in on a flurry in front. Pouliot has played just 11 games on the season and has been a healthy scratch as late as early November. With all the players making an impact for Boston, Pouliot will have to distinguish himself to see more ice time.
News:Benoit Pouliot will be a healthy scratch against Toronto on Saturday, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
Analysis: This will be his second straight DNP. Benoit Pouliot has been fairly unproductive when active, posting a minus-3 rating through eight games.
News:Benoit Pouliot will be a healthy scratch against Ottawa on Tuesday night, WEEI's DJ Bean reports.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot has struggled this season. He does not have a point through eight games and has a +/- of -3.
News:Benoit Pouliot (illness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Canadiens, NHL.com's Arpon Basu reports.
Analysis: Jordan Caron will likely take Benoit Pouliot's spot in Saturday's lineup. Consider Pouliot day-to-day.
News:Benoit Pouliot missed Friday's practice due to an illness, according to the Bruins' official Twitter page.
Analysis:Benoit Pouliot may not travel with the team for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, but consider him day-to-day for now.
News: The Bruins signed Pouliot to a one-year contract Friday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Pouliot is a reclamation project who brings size and skill to Boston, but has not lived up to his fourth-overall draft position (2005).
News: The Canadiens failed to make a qualifying offer to Pouliot, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Pouliot becomes an unrestricted free agent after underwhelming in Montreal in 2010-11. He was skating on the top two lines at various points, but ended the season as a fourth-liner and was eventually a healthy scratch for the final two games of Montreal's playoff series against Boston.
News: Pouliot will not dress for Game 6 of Montreal's playoff series against Boston on Tuesday, according to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.
Analysis: The Canadiens are missing a few bodies Tuesday so it's surprising they can't use Pouliot, even though he's not the apple of coach Jacques Martin's eyes these days.
News: Pouliot practiced with the Canadiens' fourth line during Monday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Canadiens will be down a forward for Game 6 on Tuesday when it was announced that David Desharnais (knee) will not be available. The options to replace him are Pouliot or Yannick Weber, but he may be needed to replace James Wisniewski (undisclosed).
News: Pouliot is expected to get scratched for Game 4 against Boston on Thursday in order to make room for Jeff Halpern (lower body), the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: With Halpern getting healthy, Pouliot picked a bad time to get himself in the doghouse.
News: Pouliot, who the Montreal Gazette notes took a bad penalty in Game 3, is now in the doghouse and has been taken off the top four lines, Sportsnet's Louis Jean reports.
Analysis: There is speculation that Pouliot could be scratched for Thursday's Game 4 contest against the Bruins, with Jeff Halpern (lower body) a candidate to replace him.
News: Pouliot, who saw little action after taking a bad penalty in Game 3 of Montreal's playoff series against Boston, may not suit up for Thursday's Game 4, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Pouliot did himself no favors Monday night when he took a needless offensive zone penalty, running into the Bruins Johnny Boychuk. Canadiens coach Jacques Martin strapped him to the bench for all but two second-period shifts. With Jeff Halpern (lower body) getting better and Yannick Weber (goal in Game 2) looking to get on the ice, Pouliot needs to show something in Wednesday's practice to keep his jersey for Game 4.
News: Pouliot had three assists in Sunday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: It was nice to see Pouliot, who has worn the goat horns lately, put up good numbers on his former team. While the one game doesn't make us forget about the boneheaded penalties he's prone to taking, it does remind us that he's getting more minutes these days because of lower-body injuries to Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern.
News: Pouliot replaced the injured Max Pacioretty for Thursday night's game against St. Louis, but was demoted to the fourth line by the time the third period rolled around, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: With a chance to prove he's ready for top-six duty, Pouliot didn't have a very good night. He lost a faceoff in his zone, leading to St. Louis' first goal; then his turnover in his own end led to the Blues' second goal. When he picked up an offensive zone penalty near the end of the second period, his fate was decided. He was demoted to the fourth line and played just 45 seconds in the third period.
News: Pouliot scored a goal for the third straight game in Tuesday night's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Pouliot and center David Desharnais are starting to develop some chemistry on the Habs' third line.
News: Pouliot returned to the Canadiens' lineup Friday night after missing two games because of the flu.
Analysis: A nice return for Pouliot, who scored Montreal's first goal (his 10th) in a 7-1 rout of the Senators.
News: Pouliot (flu) is expected to play Friday night against the Senators, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Canadiens need Pouliot to return after the team lost three forwards in Tuesday's loss to the Sabres. It could be that Pouliot returns to an offensive role as a top-six forward as Montreal copes with the losses of Max Pacioretty (rib) and Michael Cammalleri (shoulder), both of whom are speculated to be out for anywhere between two weeks and a month.
News: Pouliot missed his second straight game Tuesday because of the flu.
Analysis: A tough night for the Canadiens, who also lost Michael Cammalleri (upper body) and Max Pacioretty (arm) to injury in the first period.
News: Pouliot did not play in Monday's win over Calgary because of the flu.
Analysis: Pouliot had also missed the morning skate because of the illness. Montreal is back at it on Tuesday, so we'll have to see if Pouliot, who has two goals and an assist in his previous five games, has recovered enough to play in Buffalo.
News: Pouliot is suffering from the flu and will be a game-time decision for Monday's contest against the Flames, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: The bug seems to be running through the Montreal locker room, as James Wisniewski is also a game-time decision. The Habs are right back at it again Tuesday, so Pouliot doesn't have a lot of time to rest up for that one either, whether or not he skates Monday.
News: Pouliot scored the game-winner Tuesday night in Montreal's come-from-behind win over the Rangers. He fired six shots on goal and had a couple of hits in 16:57 of ice time.
Analysis: It was the second goal in the last three games for Pouliot, who along with Mathieu Darche received in-game promotions to the second line when it was determined that Lars Eller (replacing an ill Michael Cammalleri) and Andrei Kostityn were generating little offensive sync with Thomas Plekanec. Pouliot has been good the past few games and could remain in an offensive posture if Cammalleri is unable to go Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
News: Pouliot scored Montreal's lone goal Thursday against the Bruins, then became the only player to score in the shootout, winning it in the fifth round.
Analysis: The goal broke an eight-game pointless streak and a 10-game goalless streak for the talented Pouliot. He's going to get it all together eventually.
News: Pouliot is expected to be a healthy scratch against the Islanders on Sunday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Pouliot has been fairly productive this year, but a recent cold stretch had the Habs looking at other options for the short term. It'd be hard to imagine his absence enduring for much longer.
News: Pouliot will miss Thursday's game against Carolina as a healthy scratch, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Pouliot has half as many points (17) as games played (34) this season, but he's gone cold with goose eggs in each of the past three games. Swap him out for a reserve option Thursday, assuming your league allows the daily move.
News: Pouliot assisted on both goals for the Canadiens on Monday night in a loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: Pouliot was able to assist on both goals that were scored by teammate Maxim Lapierre. Pouliot was a highly touted recruit out of the Minnesota Wild organization but has never found a consistent streak that would place him in the upper threshold of NHL talent. He is currently fifth for Montreal in the scoring department registering 11 points through 21 games.
News: Pouliot scored his third and fourth goals of the season Friday night as Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-2.
Analysis: His second goal of the game was the eventual winner. Pouliot was also a plus-3 on the evening, but played a little over 11 minutes, which is a sign that he's not yet won the coaching staff's confidence. Look for a little more consistency in Pouliot's game before playing him on a regular basis.
Montreal's Pouliot Scores Game Winner in 3-1 Win Over Islanders
News: Pouliot scored what would eventually be the game winner early in the third period on Friday night as Montreal defeated the Islanders 3-1.
Analysis: The goal was his second of the season and gives him five points in 10 games.
News: Travis Moen will skate on the first line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta on Friday in Buffalo and Pouliot will be moved to the fourth line, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: No word yet if this is permanent or just a temporary shake-up, as the top line has been scuffling lately and Pouliot has missed a few scoring chances. At least for Friday, Pouliot will skate with Dustin Boyd and Tom Pyatt.
News: The Canadiens re-signed forward Benoit Pouliot to a one-year deal on Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analysis: The Canadiens acquired the former first-round pick Pouliot in a trade with Minnesota last season. Pouliot had the best run of his career in his first few weeks with Montreal, recording 11 goals and 12 points in his first 18 games. Then he went down with injury and only produced 10 points and four goals in his final 19 games. He had no goals and two assists in 18 playoff contests. Pouliot seems a better fit for Jacques Martin's system in Montreal and has his confidence up, but he is still nothing more than a late-round Fantasy flier on Draft Day 2010.
News: Montreal winger Benoit Pouliot returned, as expectd he would, on Tuesday night in Boston from an extended upper-body injury. Pouliot was removed from IR before the game and finally got back on the ice for the first time since Feb. 4, also at Boston.
Analysis: Pouliot had nine goals and 12 points in his last 15 games before getting hurt, so Fantasy owners in deeper leagues might want to activate him now.
News: Canadiens LW Benoit Pouliot (upper body) has been practicing with his team and should be able to return to action Tuesday at Boston.
Analysis: Pouliot had nine goals and 12 points in his last 15 games before getting hurt, so Fantasy owners in deeper leagues might want to take a shot with him in Fantasy Week 20 (March 1-7). He still carries a little bit of risk, however.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Canadiens LW Benoit Pouliot, who has been playing through an upper-body injury, was placed on the injured reserve list on Saturday. He's not expected to return before the Olympic break.
Analysis: What awful timing for Pouliot, who has been a steal for Montreal since coming over in a trade from Minnesota. Pouliot had totaled nine goals and 12 points in his last 15 games. He was becoming a solid Fantasy start. Now, he needs to be kept reserved through Week 19 (Feb. 8-14).
News: Montreal winger Benoit Pouliot recorded two assists on Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Canucks. Pouliot assisted on Sergei Kostitsyn's goal in the first period and added another assist on Tomas Plekanec's goal in the third.
Analysis: Pouliot has been red-hot for over a month now and recorded 10 points in January. He's recorded 12 of his 18 points since the new year began and can be used in many Fantasy leagues right now. He is definitely worth grabbing in all 12-team formats.
News: Canadiens LW Benoit Pouliot scored in Saturday's loss to the Senators, giving him nine goals in January.
Analysis: Pouliot has been a monster for the Canadiens since coming over from Minnesota in the Guillaume Latendresse trade. He now has 11 points in his last 14 games and is definitely worth grabbing in all 12-team formats.
News: Canadiens LW Benoit Pouliot scored in Saturday's rout of the Rangers, giving him four goals in his last three games.
Analysis: Pouliot has really caught on since moving from Minnesota to Montreal and is worth grabbing in all 12-team leagues right now. He should be starting in more than 18 percent of leagues.
News: Canadiens LW Benoit Pouliot scored twice, including once on the power play, during a 4-3 overtime loss against the Blues on Wednesday. Pouliot has six goals in his last seven games.
Analysis: Pouliot has eight goals in 13 games with Montreal since he was acquired from Minnesota on Nov. 23. He had two goals in 14 games with the Wild. A lot of folks have been surprised by Pouliot's play since he arrived in Montreal, but the change of scenery is working out for the former first rounder. He seems at home playing alongside Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. Pouliot is still a low-end Fantasy flier, but is a player to keep tabs on.
News:Benoit Pouliot, who scored the winning goal in Florida during a 2-0 win against the Canadiens on Thursday. The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead with 12.1 seconds remaining in the first. Pouliot fired a wrist shot from the left circle past Tomas Vokoun's glove into the top left corner. Pouliot had taken a pass from Scott Gomez, who had carried the puck down the left side. He has four goals in his last six games.
Analysis: Pouliot has been pretty solid since making his Canadiens debut in late December. This is exactly what Montreal hoped for when they acquired former first-round pick. He was floundering with Minnesota, but now has a chance for a fresh start and is making the most of it. Pouliot is still a low-end Fantasy flier, but is a player to keep tabs on.
News: Montreal LW Benoit Pouliot recorded his fifth point of the season on Monday in a 4-2 loss at Ottawa. Pouliot scored on a wrist shot 9:50 into the first period, his third goal on the year.
Analysis: Pouliot is not much of an offensive threat, having recorded only five points on the season. He was recalled recently but hasn't contributed too much. He should only be active in the deepest of Fantasy formats at this point.
News: The Canadiens have called up LW Benoit Pouliot from the AHL.
Analysis: Pouliot came over from the Wild in the late-November Guillaume Latendresse trade, but has yet to dress for the Canadiens. He has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice, but is worth keeping an eye on over the next couple of weeks.
News: The Canadiens have sent LW Benoit Pouliot (wrist) to the AHL on a conditioning assignment. He can stay there for up to two weeks.
Analysis: Pouliot came over from the Wild in the late-November Guillaume Latendresse trade, but has yet to dress for the Canadiens. He has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.
News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Wild LW Benoit Pouliot has been traded to the Canadiens in return for LW Guillaume Latendresse.
Analysis: Talk about a minimal trade in terms of Fantasy impact! Both of these guys have been major underachievers in their respective careers, as Latendresse has yet to crack 30 points, while Pouliot's longest NHL tenure in one season has been 37 games. Maybe this move will kick-start both of their career, but until they show some signs of life you should continue to ignore them in most Fantasy formats.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot was held out a third game on Friday against the Islanders because of a hand injury. He is day to day.
Analysis: Pouliot has only dressed for 14 games this season and has even been sent to the press box at times because of his erratic play. The former first-round pick still hasn't hit his stride in the NHL and has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Wild C Benoit Pouliot, scratched the last three games, returned to the lineup Saturday against the Stars in place of C James Sheppard, who was scratched for the second time this season. Wild coach Todd Richards said Pouliot was benched so long because he didn't want to change a winning lineup after consecutive wins last weekend. "But I don't want average, I don't want mediocre. I want more than that," Richards said.
Analysis: Pouliot is a former first-round draft pick still trying to find his niche in the NHL. Minnesota was really hoping the coaching change would spark Pouliot's game, but it hasn't been the case. Pouliot has minimal Fantasy appeal until further notice.
News: Minnesota LW Benoit Pouliot was removed off IR on Tuesday as he played in Tuesday's game against the Ducks. He did not record any points.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Pouliot split the 2008-09 season between Minnesota and Houston of the AHL. He recorded 11 points (five goals) in 37 games with the Wild, and 24 points (nine goals) in 30 games with the Aeros. In 51 career NHL games -- all with the Wild -- Pouliot has 14 points (seven goals). The 2005 first-round pick (4th overall) hasn't really flourished because of Jacques Lemaire's defensive coaching style. That could all change since new coach Todd Richards is expected to bring an offensive system to Minnesota. Pouliot is merely a Fantasy sleeper at the moment.
News: The Minnesota Wild have reduced their active roster to the regular season limit of 23 players. They assigned right wing Craig Weller to Houston, their AHL affiliate. They also placed center Benoit Pouliot and left wing Derek Boogaard on injured reserve. Pouliot has a groin problem, and Boogaard is recovering from a concussion.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Pouliot split the 2008-09 season between Minnesota and Houston of the AHL. He recorded 11 points (five goals) in 37 games with the Wild, and 24 points (nine goals) in 30 games with the Aeros. In 51 career NHL games -- all with the Wild -- Pouliot has 14 points (seven goals). The 2005 first-round pick (4th overall) hasn't really flourished because of Jacques Lemaire's defensive coaching style. That could all change since new coach Todd Richards is expected to bring an offensive system to Minnesota. Pouliot is merely a Fantasy sleeper when healthy.
News: The Wild signed defenseman Clayton Stoner, right wing Danny Irmen, left wing/center Benoit Pouliot and left wing Robbie Earl to contracts Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Pouliot split the 2008-09 season between Minnesota and Houston of the AHL. He recorded 11 points (five goals) in 37 games with the Wild, and 24 points (nine goals) in 30 games with the Aeros. In 51 career NHL games -- all with the Wild -- Pouliot has 14 points (seven goals). The 2005 first-round pick (4th overall) hasn't really flourished because of Jacques Lemaire's defensive coaching style. That could all change since new coach Todd Richards is expected to bring an offensive system to Minnesota. Pouliot might be a player to watch when training camp opens, but he still has more long-term Fantasy keeper appeal more than anything.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot, struggling in his first full season, was sent to the minors after Thursday's game at Edmonton.
Analysis: Pouliot has pretty much zero Fantasy value as a lower-line Fantasy forward in Minnesota. Continue leaving him on waivers especially now that he has been demoted.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the Wild has been scrutinized for playing three "kids" at once, but general manager Doug Risebrough said he sees improvement from Colton Gillies, 19, James Sheppard, 20, and Benoit Pouliot, 22. "We wanted to get younger, and some of that youth is starting to mature," Risebrough said. "It's not easy, and it's been tough for some of them, but I'm starting to see what I thought would happen by the end of the year. They're becoming good players and contributing more."
Analysis: Sheppard has been the most disappointing player of the trio. Minnesota came into the season with high hopes of him being a No. 2 center behind Mikko Koivu, but he just hasn't stepped into that role. While Sheppard, Gillies and Pouliot might have bright futures, they have limited Fantasy appeal at this time.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot tallied two assists Sunday in a loss to the Ducks, doubling his point total from the previous 16 games.
Analysis: Pouliot has pretty much zero Fantasy value as a lower-line Fantasy forward in Minnesota.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot scored his fifth goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: It looks like Pouliot will stick around with the Wild this season, but he has pretty much zero Fantasy value as a lower-line Fantasy forward.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot scored his third goal during Saturday's 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Pouliot made it 1-1 at 1:29 of the second. "They gave me my chance tonight and I tried to prove it," Pouliot said. "That's what they want me to do, contribute. For the beginning of the season it's going good and we're winning games."
Analysis: Pouliot has two goals in his last six games and four points in 10 games. Pouliot has firmly entrenched himself as the Wild's fourth-line center, but he is averaging just 11 minutes per game. He has more long-term Fantasy potential than seasonal right now.
News:The Sports Xchange reports coach Jacques Lemaire began the week my ripping into the team's "kids" and ended it by trying to make amends. Lemaire, known for pushing his players, challenged Benoit Pouliot (22), James Sheppard (20) and Colton Gillies (19) after Saturday's game at Tampa. On Wednesday, Lemaire said upon further review, the Wild need these kids and he's going to cut them more slack. "Kids sometimes take a little longer," Lemaire said. "You need patience to work with them and give them the opportunity to play. Even if there's a tough time, you still have to keep going with them. On the other hand, we've got to win. I've got to win. I've got to get this team to win games. Sometimes you do lose patience because you want them to grow quicker than they will."
Analysis: Lemaire said he knows how difficult it is for Pouliot, especially, to play on the fourth line because "he's a skilled player and he needs to play with guys who will suit him better than right now." Still, Pouliot played between plumbers Derek Boogaard and Craig Weller during Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo and scored a goal. Pouliot has firmly entrenched himself as the Wild's fourth-line center, but he is averaging just 10 minutes per game. He has more long-term Fantasy potential than seasonal right now.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot scored his first goal and added an assist during Thursday's 6-2 win against the Panthers. Pouliot took advantage of Nick Boynton's over aggressiveness to make it 4-2 in the second period. As Pouliot was getting away from defenseman Keith Ballard at the blue line, Boynton moved up to deliver a big check but barely hit Pouliot. Pouliot then skated in alone on Tomas Vokoun and beat him with a wrist shot to the short side.
Analysis: Pouliot is now one point shy of tying his career-high of three in which he set last season as he played 11 games. Pouliot has firmly entrenched himself as the Wild's fourth-line center, but he is averaging just 10 minutes per game. He has more long-term Fantasy potential than seasonal right now.
News:The Sports Xchange reports C Benoit Pouliot, vying for the fourth center job on the Wild, got off to a great start in the team's exhibition opener Sept. 25, a 2-1 win over Columbus. Pouliot scored the winner on a partial breakaway. "(Pouliot) had good energy, he was on the puck," coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Hopefully he's going to keep going on the same track."
Analysis: Pouliot has two points in five preseason games. Pouliot appears to have the inside track for fourth-line center job in what is shaping up as a talented but inexperienced centermen corps behind Mikko Koivu, Eric Belanger and James Sheppard. As a fourth-line forward, we can't expect much offensive production from Pouliot going into the season. He is basically a wait-and-see Fantasy project.
News: The Wild have big plans for forward Benoit Pouliot, the fourth overall pick in 2005 who has struggled at times to adapt to the defensive style of play coach Jacques Lemaire demands of his centers. He spent most of last season with Houston in the AHL and played in 11 games at the end of the season. "My offense is good. It's defense I need to work on," Pouliot said. "That's what they really want me to do and that's what I'll try to do."
Analysis: Pouliot appears to have the fourth-line center job sewn up in what is shaping up as a talented but inexperienced centermen corps behind Mikko Koivu, Eric Belanger and James Sheppard. As a fourth-line forward, we can't expect much offensive production from Pouliot going into the season. He is basically a wait-and-see Fantasy project.
News: Wild LW Benoit Pouliot, the fourth overall draft pick in 2005, scored his first two NHL goals in a 5-4 loss to the Flames on Saturday.
Analysis: Pouliot is an interesting prospect with the Wild, and did have back-to-back 60-point seasons in the OHL a few years ago. For now, he should be ignored in everything but the deepest of keeper formats, but he's someone worth keeping an eye on, especially in leagues that reward bad behavior.
News:Benoit Pouliot, the fourth overall draft pick in 2005, is finally getting another chance with the Minnesota Wild after an arduous season spent with Houston in the American Hockey League. Pouliot spent three games with the Wild in November, but was quickly sent back down for more seasoning.
Analysis: Pouliot had a chance to make the team out of training camp, but with veteran centers Wes Walz and Eric Belanger among those on the roster, he was one of the final cuts. Pouliot had 10 goals and 14 assists with the Aeros this season, numbers that are by no means eye-popping. He has no Fantasy value at this time.
News: Forward Benoit Pouliot was recalled by Minnesota from the Wild's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros Thursday.
Analysis: Pouliot had an excellent training camp before being sent down to the minors at the start of the season. He's only someone to consider in larger leagues for now though.
News: The Minnesota Wild assigned Benoit Pouliot to Houston of the AHL over the weekend.
Analysis: Pouliot was having a tremendous camp, but he'll have to skate with the Aeros until injuries open up a spot with the Wild. He is best used as a reserve in long-term keeper Fantasy leagues.
News: Benoit Pouliot is challenging for a job heading into the regular season. There was a chance he might skate in between Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik and he has been lining up with Brian Rolston lately. "My situation does put pressure on you, not just in games but in practices, too," Pouliot told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Your intensity has to be high all the time."
Analysis: Pouliot is a super sleeper heading into the new season. While there is a possibility he might line up on one of the top scoring lines, we think he is probably better suited to either the third or fourth line at this point.
News: The Minnesota Wild recalled left wing Benoit Pouliot, the team's first-round draft pick last year, from Houston of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 20-year-old Pouliot had 15 points in 15 games with the Aeros, notching 11 assists and four goals. After Minnesota chose him with the fourth pick in the 2005 draft, Pouliot played at the junior level last season. There is plenty of potential surrounding Pouliot, but monitor his playing status before adding him to your Fantasy roster.
News: The Minnesota Wild assigned C Jason Morgan, LW Peter Olvecky, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Erik Reitz and RW Roman Voloshenko to Houston of the AHL on Monday.
Analysis: The club might call on one or two of these players if injuries occur during the season, but they have very little value in Fantasy Hockey.