NHL Draft Profile: Emile Poirier

Thursday, 06.13.2013 / 7:00 AM
By Kristyn Repke - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Emile Poirier took the second half of this season by storm for the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques.

He led his team to a first-round upset of Rimouski Oceanic in the Presidents Cup, the QMJHL's league playoff tournament, but lost to the eventual Memorial Cup champions from Halifax in the second round. He also posted 70 points, with the majority coming during the home stretch of the season.

Though he has an awkward skating stride, Poirier has had his share of breakaway goals thanks to his quick reaction and pick-up speed. His ability to walk around defensemen with balance and ease creates offensive chances, and with his quick puck-handling skills and breakout speed, Poirier is a player that defensemen can’t leave alone in the zone.

Poirier plays a great two-way game, willing to back-check and pressure the attacking forwards relentlessly. His vision allows him to disrupt passing lanes, creating the occasional odd-man breaks and scoring chances for his teammates. Poirier is also known to drop the gloves to defend and energize his teammates, which is something you just can't teach.

Because of his excellent shot blocking skills, Poirier will be an asset to the penalty kill unit if drafted by the Blue Jackets (or any NHL club, for that matter). Poirier has the potential to be a two-way, second line winger if he continues to develop his physical game and offensive presence.

Because of his recent breakout in the second half of the 2012-2013 season, Poirier could have more untapped potential than expected, making him worth much more than his No. 52 ranking.

Statistics

Season   GP   G   A   Pts   +/-   PIM

2012-13  65   32  38   70    0     101

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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