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Vigneault tells inconsisent Pouliot ‘you only get so many kicks at the can’

Nov 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Benoit Pouliot has played for four different teams trying to make good on the promise that saw him taken fourth overall — three spots behind Sidney Crosby — at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The fifth team, it seems, is running out of patience.

On Friday, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault expressed dismay at Pouliot’s inconsistency, re-accentuating a theme from Pouliot’s time in Minnesota, Montreal, Boston and Tampa Bay.

“I’ve had this conversation with Ben, I’ve had this conversation with a few players in my career. You only get so many kicks at the can here, you only get so many teams,” Vigneault told The Bergen Record. “Obviously a guy like Ben, a high pick, a high skill level, you see it now and then and you go, ‘Wow, why does the inconsistency or whatever is, not there on a more regular basis?”

Pouliot, 27, has shown flashes during his seven-year career. He scored 24 points in 39 games with Montreal during the 2009-10 campaign, and potted a career-high 16 goals with Boston in 2011-12.

Doing it consistently over an extended period of time has proven difficult, though. Pouliot’s situation hasn’t been helped by his nomadic existence, either — the Rangers are his fourth team in as many years.

Vigneault isn’t sure what Pouliot’s problem is, but is sure of one thing — Pouliot needs to find a solution.

“That’s a question we’re trying to figure out with him,” Vigneault explained. “Obviously he’s aware of it.

“He needs to figure it out. Sooner or later, you only get so many kicks at the can.”

  1. stakex - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    He better pick up his play if he wants to keep his spot on the team. When Moore, Callahan, and Nash (when even that is) come back the Rangers are going to need to do some spring cleaning…. and right now I would think Pouliot is on the outside looking in.

  2. drewsylvania - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Does Pouliot take interviews? I’ve never heard him speak as to why he’s so inconsistent.

  3. gaborik104life - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Yea cause pouliout isin’t producing a point per game ration. You do realize he is nothing more than a third liner. While he is not putting up points he has gotten great chances. There are a few people that are ahead of pouliot at least in my mind to get scratched/moved before and those that need to show they are consistent and not able to play for a few games.

  4. thesportsjudge - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    PLEASE do not use “pot” or “potted” or any other variation. Useless Joe Haggerty ONLY uses those in his “articles.”

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Joe has also trademarked “defensemen corps”. I stop reading right there. So many have pointed out that “defensive corps” is the long standing version of the phrase used among hockey writers. Since then he has used it double.

      • thesportsjudge - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        I love the enthusiasm he has, he is just an awful scribe.

  5. jkay1818 - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Outside looking in? For what it’s worth I’d sit Boyle and Pyatt way before pouliot. Pyatt is absolutely useless and it’s even worse that he is out there on the PK now. This is a nonsense article, as someone mentioned, he’s a third line player who is being used in a larger role due to injuries.

  6. stinkpretty1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Blame the scouts…..

  7. tlow97 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Pouliot always thought he should have started out in the bigs. One of the few good decisions Risebrough made was keeping him in Houston until he… well… “developed”. Never put up great numbers in the AHL. Just strikes me as a guy who doesn’t want to work to be great, or even good.

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