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With Brad Marchand suspended for five games, that leaves an opportunity for Benoit Pouliot to play with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Through Tuesday’s game against the Jets, Pouliot has eight goals and seven assists on the season, mostly playing on the third line with some power play time. The Bruins signed Pouliot as a low-risk, high-reward player for just over $1 million on the salary cap, so now we’ll see if that investment was worth it.
Five years ago, Pouliot was a top-five draft pick by the Minnesota Wild, and he has great speed, hands, and is a big guy. Pouliot seems to be a good fit on the Bergeron line and looks to have some chemistry with Seguin. At times, Pouliot takes bad penalties, but if he stays out of the box, he will be productive.
Pouliot will play similar to Marchand on this line. You will see him flying around the ice, throwing his body around and making plays with the puck. With that being said, Marchand will be missed, but Pouliot can fill the spot pretty well.
So far, Pouliot has 15 points in 33 games. At that pace, he his having his best season in the NHL.
Look for Pouliot to have plenty of energy for the next five games playing with another speedy winger with Seguin.
Zach Hamill, meanwhile, will skate on the third line.