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By Brandon J. Koch
When the Buffalo Sabres signed forward Benoit Pouliot this past off-season, I thought the $1.15 million dollar deal had the chance to be a bargain.
So far it has.
After a slow start to the season, Pouliot is heating up. He is contributing in secondary scoring, something this hockey team has been missing for a long time. He scored the game winning goal in Tuesday’s game against Washington. A nice one.
Last year for the Oilers, in 67 games, Pouliot had 8 goals and 14 points. Through 15 games this season, he has 5 goals and 7 points.
Other than scoring, Pouliot has been on the penalty kill and has been a nice complement to Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Finally finding a partner for that line. I hope Housley doesn’t break up that line, the chemistry is there and is taking on opponent’s top lines.
The question is, can Pouliot stay consistent? Can he get to, say, 15 goals? Near 40 points? He has a chance, he’s playing confident hockey.
Just remember, $1.15 million.
Anything this team can get from him, is a bargain.