At TSN, Scott Cullen writes that Benoit Pouliot is a depth forward who has the ability to contribute to a team offensively. He adds that when given the chance on an offensively line, Pouliot has shown flashes of being an offensive producer (12 points in 13 games last season). Cullen says that Pouliot could score 20 goals if put into an offensive role and that at $1.3 million he is a bargain for the Rangers.
During his time with the Bruins, CSNNE described him as the “often erratic, sometimes brilliant” Benoit Pouliot. They note that his inconsistencies were a big issue and that he had streaks where he was invisible on the ice.
The Hockey News says that Pouliot “oozes” talent” but needs to bring forth more of a consistent effort.
Pouliot has 61 goals and 63 assists in 291 games. In 2009-10, he had 24 points in 39 games.
Adam Rotter: Pouliot seems like an Erik Christensen/Wojtek Wolski kind of guy. The skill level is there but something is holding him back from being the kind of player that a player with his skill should be. He will win some some games for the Rangers and be a fan favorite and just as quickly he will start to frustrate people who want to see him be an impact player every night. Unlike Derick Brassard, who seemed eager to break out once he got a new zip code, Pouliot has bounced around and the Rangers will be his fourth team in four years. It’s a low risk move for the Rangers and one that that will probably have it’s ups and downs with it.