Tom Pyatt and Alexandre Picard will be moving on from the Habs, and it’s the nature of the beast when you’re a journeyman-type player who can be easily replaced by other journemen-type players who are spread throughout the league in handfuls.
Pyatt was a gritty, hard-working, penalty-killing forward, and to him I say thanks for the good job. Picard gave his all but at the end of the day, he was too slow and didn’t possess the necessary skills to be an impact defenceman, but I also say thanks.
And then there’s Benoit Pouliot, another who has played his last game for the Canadiens.
Pouliot, originally a Wild first-round draft pick in 2005 (4th overall), still hasn’t proven that he’s an NHLer, might never prove he’s one, and his time in Montreal was a dismal failure. He played 118 games for the Habs, scored 28 goals and added 16 assists, and took ill-timed penalties that would see him relegated at times to the press box or the end of the bench. More often than not he seemed to be coasting or was invisible, and when the team needed all hands on deck, Pouliot played like he was going for a leisurely skate.
Many times I swore at him from the comfort of my couch.
Pouliot is a poster boy for those who are touted by most as a can’t-miss, sure-fire prospect, and who fizzles out like a damp firecracker. He was star for the Sudbury Wolves, won top rookie honours in junior, and was a member of Canada’s World Junior team. These are the things he can someday tell his grandchildren. The NHL part he might want to leave out.
It just seemed he would sometimes go forever without scoring a goal – 20 games, 25 games, 30, and this was absolutely unacceptable to his team and to Habs fans who desperately needed him to contribute, which he rarely did.
Maybe Pouliot will find his game in the future. Presently it doesn’t seem like it but who knows? For the Habs and us though, we couldn’t wait any longer.