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Prospect Watch: Emile Poirier

Speedy first-round pick from last year's draft, Emile Poirier.

Bruce Bennett

Over the past couple of seasons, Flames fans have got to see a variety of different youngsters trying to secure a roster spot. From as early as Sven Baerstchi to the newest addition, Johnny Gaudreau. There are a group of prospects from the more recent drafts that are looking to make some noise despite not having a roster spot.

One of those prospects is the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Emile Poirier. There was a lot of talk after the draft about how he was picked by the Flames a lot earlier than expected, similar to Mark Jankowski. The Flames decided to choose him instead of Hunter Shinkaruk, who everyone though would have been a huge steal at that point of the draft. Luckily for us, he hasn't been disappointing, with his amazing stats with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL.

Prospect Overview

Born: December 14th, 1994

Position: LW

Shoots: Left

Height: 185 cm (6')

Weight: 83 kg (185 lbs)

Country: Canada

During Emile's draft year, he amassed 70 points in 67 games and was the leading scorer of the Olympiques by the end of the season. At the beginning of the season he was not producing very well and couldn't find a rhythm in his game, but after the second half of the season he went on a hot streak that helped him move up in the draft rankings.

This season, he has continued his fantastic play with 87 points in 63 regular season games. In the playoffs, he helped Gatineau get to the second round by amassing 10 points in 9 games before the team was eliminated 4-1, by the Halifax Mooseheads. He was also playing with Team Canada this year in the World Junior Championships and played in the pre-tournament games there.

Strengths

Emile Poirier has great offensive abilities and is the go-to guy for his team on the powerplay. His amazing skating skills along with his stick-handling make him an effective forward, and with his accurate shots, he is the perfect top 6 forward the Flames could use in the future. Poirier's great offensive talent and work ethic is sure to be helpful to any team that he plays for.

Weaknesses

Although Poirier is a great offensive player, he must improve his play on the other end of the ice and build on his already improving frame. He can get caught slacking off on the backcheck, sometimes simply getting outmatched by the counterattack, which is almost never tolerated in the NHL. Along with this, sometimes he tries to do too much by himself and ends up wasting a scoring chance.

Comparables: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek