Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Benoit Pouliot
Benoit Pouliot was born September 29, 1986 in Alfred, Ontario. Selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the Minnesota Wild, Pouliot is a graduate of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves.

A creative puck handler, Pouliot burst into the OHL winning the Emms Family Award as the league's top rookie in 2004-05. After spending three seasons in Sudbury, he signed an amateur tryout contract the Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston. He appeared in two games of Houston's semi-final Calder Cup playoff series against the Milwaukee Admirals.

In 2006-07 he played his first professional season with the Houston Aeros, registering 36 points, Pouliot made his NHL debut in a November 22, 2006 game against the Montreal Canadians.

On November 23, 2009, Pouliot was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Guillaume Latendresse. He would flourish offensively for the Canadiens. In 39 games he would register 15 goals.

In the summer of 2011 Pouliot was on the move again. This time, as an unrestricted free agent he would sign on with the rival Boston Bruins.

After spending two seasons with the Bruins, Pouliot signed a one year contract with the New York Rangers on July 5,2013.

Pouliot had a strong 2013-14 season where he put up 15 goals and 36 points for the Rangers. This led to the Edmonton Oilers to sign Pouliot to a five year contract on July 1, 2014.

In his first year in Edmonton Pouliot recorded a career-high 19 goals and added 15 assists. The following season he set a new career-best in assists with 22 and his 36 points matched his most productive season.

Pouliot struggled during the 2016-17 campaign and at season's end the Oilers bought out the remaining two years of his contract. As a free agent on July 1, 2017, Pouliot inked a deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2002-03 Clarence Beavers ON-Jr.B 38 13 17 30 86 5 0 2 2 8
2002-03 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 1 1 0 1 0
2003-04 Hawkesbury Hawks ON-Jr.A 45 21 21 42 85 6 3 7 10 10
2003-04 Sudbury Wolves OHL 4 2 2 4 0 +5 4 2 1 3 0
2004-05 Sudbury Wolves OHL 67 29 38 67 102 +7 12 6 8 14 20
2005-06 Sudbury Wolves OHL 51 35 30 65 141 +23 8 8 3 11 16
2005-06 Houston Aeros AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2005-06 Canada WJC-A 6 0 5 5 14 +3
2006-07 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
2006-07 Houston Aeros AHL 67 19 17 36 109 -16
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 11 2 1 3 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 46 10 14 24 67 -8 3 0 0 0 2
2008-09 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 5 6 11 18 +1
2008-09 Houston Aeros AHL 30 9 15 24 20 -2 20 1 7 8 28
2009-10 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 2 2 4 12 0
2009-10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 15 9 24 31 +8 18 0 2 2 6
2009-10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 3 1 2 3 4 +1
2010-11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 13 17 30 87 +2 3 0 0 0 7
2011-12 Boston Bruins NHL 74 16 16 32 38 +18 7 1 1 2 6
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 8 12 20 15 +8
2013-14 New York Rangers NHL 80 15 21 36 56 +10 25 5 5 10 26
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 19 15 34 28 -1
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 55 14 22 36 30 -6
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 67 8 6 14 34 -5 13 0 0 0 4
NHL Totals 551 117 127 244 349 67 6 8 14 49


OHL All-Rookie Team (2005) OHL First All-Star Team (2005) OHL Rookie of the Year (2005) Canadian Major Junior All-Rookie Team (2005) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (2005) Traded to Montreal by Minnesota for Guillaume Latendresse, November 23, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2011. Traded to Tampa Bay by Boston for Michel Ouellet and Tampa Bay's 5th round pick (Seth Griffith) in 2012 NHL Draft, June 23, 2012. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 1, 2017.
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