MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General manager Bob Gainey announced today that the Club acquired left winger Benoit Pouliot from the Minnesota Wild in return for left winger Guillaume Latendresse.
« Benoit Pouliot and Guillaume Latendresse are two players at the same stage of their careers who were still looking at making a place for themselves with the teams that drafted them. Often times a different environment, new teammates and a new situation can be beneficial for a player. Benoit Pouliot is a skilled player with good size. He is a very good skater with excellent skills and we intend to give him the opportunity to earn his place on our team » said Bob Gainey.
A native of Alfred, Ontario, Pouliot played 14 games with the Wild this season, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists), serving 12 penalty minutes with a even plus/minus rating and averaging 11:56 minutes of ice time per game.
The 6’03’’ and 199 lbs forward entered his third NHL season in 2009-10. Since he first suited up with the Wild, Pouliot played 65 regular season games recording 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists), -1 plus/minus ratio with two tallies on the power play.
Pouliot who played his junior hockey with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves recorded 136 points (66 goals, 70 assists) and 243 penalty minutes in 122 games from 2003 to 2006. In 2005, he was voted Rookie of the Year in the OHL and selected on the League’s first All-Star Team. His efforts were also recognized at the national level with a selection on the Canadian Major Junior Hockey All-Rookie Team. Pouliot was Minnesota’s first selection, 4th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Latendresse played in the Canadiens 23 games so far this season recording three points (2 goals, 1 assist) with a -4 plus/minus ratio and 11:21 average ice time by game.
In 232 regular season games with the Canadiens, Latendresse recorded 85 points (48 goals, 37 assists) and 137 penalty minutes with a -22 plus/minus ratio.See also:A fresh start for Pouliot The Streak is on! contestCanadiens call up Sergei Kostitsyn from the Bulldogs Carey Price named Second star of the week in the NHL Habs this week – Nov. 23, 2009 Sleeping giant