Benoit Pouliot has had a very weird and inconsistent season thus far for the New York Rangers. Well, I guess it’s not that weird since before Pouliot was a Ranger he was inconsistent at every other stop he had as well.
After Pouliot started out as a healthy scratch, all of a sudden he upped his game, scored goals and put up points. He filled a big goal-scoring hole when No. 1 goal scorer for the Rangers, Rick Nash, was still adjusting to the game and recovering from his concussion that he suffered in the third game of the 2013-14 season.
However, since Nash has started to regain his form and is now back where he belongs as the team’s No. 1 goal scorer, Pouliot has cooled off considerably. A positive sign, though, is Pouliot was able to plant himself in front of the net and finally score a goal last game against the New York Islanders at Yankee Stadium leading to a 2-1 Rangers win. Since Nash has to cool off eventually, Pouliot must build upon last game and get back to the level of play he was playing at when Nash was struggling.
With Nash and Pouliot on top of their games, the Rangers will not need to worry about primary and secondary scoring by making a rash trade for more scoring that they may regret in the long run.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, however, a trade may be necessary since Pouliot has proven time and time again throughout his career that he can never play consistently from game to game and is very streaky. What Pouliot has on his side, though, is so much raw talent and potential so fans can always hope that head coach Alain Vigneault brings out the best in him.