ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -The Minnesota Wild have traded former first-round draft choice Benoit Pouliot (BEHN-wah, POO-lee-aht) to Montreal for left wing Guillaume Latendresse (GEE-OHM, lah-TEHN-drehs).
The 23-year-old Pouliot has been one of a handful of first-round disappointments for the Wild in recent years after being drafted fourth overall in 2005. Defenseman A.J. Thelen, drafted in 2004, never played for the team and 2005 pick James Sheppard, a center, has not developed as quickly as the team had hoped.
Latendresse had two goals and an assist in 23 games for the Canadiens this season.