Benoit Pouliot signs with the Oilers

by Michael Amato on July 1, 2014

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The fantasy impact of Benoit Pouliot signing with the Oilers



Fantasy Impact: The Edmonton Oilers have signed Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal, per TSN.

 

The Oilers get: A player who had a nice stretch in the playoffs this spring on the New York Rangers’ run to the Cup. He and Derick Brassard really clicked. Pouliot could be a 20-goal in Edmonton if he lands on the right line.

 

Fantasy players impacted:


Brassard is going to suffer somewhat because of this, as the two really built chemistry. He’s now going to have to adapt to a different player and find someone else that can finish off his passes.

 

This also hurts some wingers on the Oilers like Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell, who are now going to be challenged for top-six minutes by Pouliot. They could very well beat him out, but it’s no sure thing that both are in the top six with regularity next season.

 

This helps Pouliot a lot as he goes to a forward group with tons of young talent with Edmonton. If he ends up with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins let’s say, then he’s got a chance at 25 goals. With that kind of money, he will be given more ice time and PP time than he’s ever received at the NHL level.

 

 

Fantasy players this helps, in order:


Pouliot

 

 

Fantasy players this hurts, in order:


Brassard

Purcell

Yakupov

 

 

Pouliot:

 

 

Michael Amato is an Associate Editor for DobberHockey and a News Editor for theScore. You can follow him on Twitter at @amato_mike