Drafted fourth overall in the 2005 draft by Minnesota, Benoit Pouliot has 23 points in 34 games since being traded to Montreal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
When the Montreal Canadiens traded underachieving power forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Minnesota Wild for left winger Benoit Pouliot they were hoping the Alfred, Ont., native would regain some of the promise that led the Wild to pick him fourth overall in 2005.
The 23-year-old had two goals and two assists in 14 games with Minnesota prior to being shipped to hockey’s hotbed. But since the move both he and Latendresse have shown they can produce in the NHL.
Latendresse has 25 goals and 36 points in 52 games since the trade and in Pouliot’s 34 games as a Hab he has 15 goals and 23 points and has found a home on the team’s top line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.
Ryan Dixon caught up with Pouliot to see how the French Canadian was enjoying playing under the spotlight in Montreal.
REPORTER: Ryan Dixon | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper
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