Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 24 Days

Pouliot (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Pouliot suffered a broken foot in Friday's contest, so the move isn't overly surprising considering the nature of the injury and his projected absence. Look for Matt Hendricks or Jesse Joensuu to see extra work on the fourth line while the winger is on the shelf.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 28 Days

Pouliot (broken foot) will miss five-to-six weeks, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.

The lengthy absence wasn't unexpected given the nature of the injury, which Pouliot suffered during Friday's game against the Devils. The recovery timetable puts him on track to return in early- to mid-January, but a more definitive date probably won't be pinned down until he resumes practicing.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 29 Days

Pouliot suffered a broken foot and will be sidelined indefinitely.

He was hit in the foot by a Marek Zidlicky shot, breaking his foot in Friday's game. Taylor Hall will move up on the Oilers depth chart at left wing with Pouliot out, stressing the Oilers depth.

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Pouliot recorded a goal and assist in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Rangers.

Playing against his former club, Pouliot nabbed just his second goal of the season. He put up a career high 36 points last season with the Blueshirts, and skating on the first line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, he could come close to that number again this year.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 2 Months

Pouliot will be the first to play on the top line with Taylor Hall out, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Pouliot only has one goal and three assists so far this season so it's not like his play has forced the Oilers' hand. A conspiracy theorist might believe that Edmonton is doing this to justify the size of the contract the team handed him this off-season.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 2 Months

Pouliot recorded a goal and assist in Monday's 3-0 win over the Canadiens.

With four points and a minus-2 rating through nine games, Pouliot has been a serviceable depth scorer for the Oilers, but probably doesn't have much upside beyond that. Those probing the Oilers for potential breakout candidates beyond the team's stars are better off taking a gamble on Mark Arcobello or Nail Yakupov, linemates of Pouliot's who are younger and offer much more in terms of untapped potential.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 2 Months

Pouliot (hip) skated Wednesday and will be ready to play in Thursday's opener, according to the Edmonton Journal.

Pouliot will skate on the second line with Nail Yakupov and Leon Draisaitl. This line may hold the key to the Oilers success this season as they need secondary scoring but with this being Pouliot's first season in Edmonton and Draisaitl a rookie, it may end up being to much to ask.

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Pouliot is nursing a hip flexor injury but is considered probable for Thursday's season opener against the Flames.

Despite the existing wealth of young forward talent already on the Edmonton roster, Pouliot chose to join the club on a five-year deal in the summer. He put together a high-quality preseason, contributing a goal, assist and a plus-3 rating over four games, a performance that will likely earn him a role on the second line to begin the campaign. He's expected to slot in as the elder statesman of a line that includes rookie Leon Draisaitl and 21-year-old right wing Nail Yakupov.

Benoit Pouliot LW EDM 5 Months

Benoit Pouliot sees himself as a top-nine forward and will probably end up on the Oilers' third line.

Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with Edmonton over the summer. He played for the Rangers last season and had 10 playoff points in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Glen Sather, who has been serving as the Rangers' general manager, was previously the Oilers GM/coach during their glory years. "Glen called, left a message and said 'good luck, you'll enjoy it.' He said it was a good place to be. Coming from Glen, that was big. He's a great man and treated me very well," Pouliot said.

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The Oilers have inked former Ranger forward Benoit Pouliot to a 5-year, $20 million deal.

Wow! That is a lot of money and long term for Pouliot, who is a very nice player but not a top-line talent. Pouliot had a very strong playoff for the Rangers and he might finally be coming into his own. If he gets a chance to play with Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, as is rumoured, he could be a 55-60 point player.