MINNESOTA WILD SIGNS BENOIT POULIOT TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
CLUB SIGNS FOURTH OVERALL PICK IN THE 2005 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Benoit Pouliot (pronounced BEHN-wah POO-lee-ott) to a multi-year contact beginning with the 2006-07 season.
Pouliot, 19 (9/29/86), posted 65 points (35-30=65) and 141 penalty minutes (PIM) in 51 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season. He led the club in goals and was second in scoring. Pouliot also led Sudbury with a +23 rating and finished with 11 power play goals, five shorthanded markers and three game-winning tallies. The 6-foot-3, 179-pound forward added eight goals and three assists in eight playoff games. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships, recording five assists and 14 PIM in six games.
The Alfred, Ontario-native tallied 67 points (29-38=67) in 67 games for Sudbury in 2004-05 and was named the 2005 OHL Rookie of the Year and was named to the OHL 2nd All-Star Team.
Pouliot was originally selected by Minnesota with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has also signed an Amateur Tryout contract with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) to finish the rest of this season.