Patrick Maroon's success after coming over to Edmonton means the Oilers may be willing to part with Pouliot via trade this offseason, the Edmonton Journal reports. Although Pouliot's 2015-2016 campaign ended early due to a shoulder injury, there's been no indication that the issue should bother him heading into next year. However, the sweater he'll be wearing is an open question, as Maroon played well on Connor McDavid's left wing (Pouliot's pre-injury role) and the Oilers can't be happy that the veteran's failed to reach 60 games in each of his first two seasons with them since inking a five-year, $20 million deal.
Pouliot (shoulder) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Canucks, per Oilers coach Todd McLellan. Despite how he won't play in the final game, McLellan notes that Pouliot has returned to (practice) ice to "see how it felt to handle the puck." It's believed that the 29-year-old winger is dealing with a separated shoulder, but now has a full offseason to recover. This injury shouldn't affect Pouliot's draft stock for next season. He's only appeared in 113 games with Edmonton over the past two seasons, but he's been quite effective with 70 points in that span.
Pouliot may be suffering from a separated shoulder following a collision in the third period of Sunday's game against the Oilers, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. The indication is he could miss the remainder of the season. A key contributor on the line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle, Pouliot's loss would certainly impact the shape of the Oilers' top six moving forward. Expect the team to further update the winger's status in the coming days, but the initial prognosis doesn't seem too promising.
Pouliot tallied a power-play goal on two shots and had four PIM in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks. Since the All-Star break, the 29-year-old veteran has racked up 11 points in eight games -- that's a third of his total points on the season in this short period. In other words, Pouliot is heating up the ice on a nightly basis these days. While the Oilers try to find some consistency with their line shuffling, Pouliot is making sure that, at least on the top line, everything is going just fine.
Pouliot went plus-4 with four assists Thursday, beating Toronto 5-2. The former first-round pick has clearly enjoyed having Connor McDavid back in the lineup, assisting on both of the 19-year-old's goals. Pouliot is enjoying a productive February, reaching 10 points in a month for the first time this year. The 29-year-old should continue to hold value, especially if the second line continues to perform at a high level.
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