Flames take Emile Poirer 22nd overall

Kent Wilson
June 30 2013 03:39PM

 

Émile Poirier

- pic via flovalser

 

Although consensus top-10 offensive talent (and Calgary born) Hunter Shinkaruk was still on the board when the Flames took the podium, the Flames instead chose to be the first team to go well off-board in the first round by choosing QMJHL left winger Emile Poirier.

Ranked 57th in the NHLNumbers concensus rankings, Poirier scored 70 points in 65 games for Gatineau, including 32 goals (NHLE = 25). He also had 101 PIM's, suggesting a bit of an edge to his game. Poirier is 6'1" and 183 pounds and known for good speed and quality offensive instincts.

Jay Feaster claimed the team had Poirier amongst their top-10 available prospects. The 18-year old led his team in scoring by a full 16 points, and the guy who was second is 19 years old, so Calgary may have found something with this pick. It's too bad they weren't willing to gamble by waiting to see if he could drop to 28 given his consensus rankings, but we'll see how things sort out down the road.

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#51 Jeff In Lethbridge
June 30 2013, 10:04PM
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very happy with the first round.

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#52 Derzie
June 30 2013, 10:31PM
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McRib wrote:

Emile Poirier and Klimchuk could honestly end up as two of the most dynamic forwards in this draft and Sean Monahan is a 15-20 year first/second liner!! Three home runs in the first round!!

This is really a glass half full take on this. Bottom line is that ALL hockey experts had Poirier available MUCH later. Bone-headed move to go that deep to get a player that would have been there later. Or and who besides Eric Roy is a good pick after the 1st round. We should have had a much better day. That is, pick the damn players that have the best odds of success. We are not in a position to gamble. We're terrible right now.

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#53 Sean Bennett
June 30 2013, 11:27PM
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Derzie wrote:

This is really a glass half full take on this. Bottom line is that ALL hockey experts had Poirier available MUCH later. Bone-headed move to go that deep to get a player that would have been there later. Or and who besides Eric Roy is a good pick after the 1st round. We should have had a much better day. That is, pick the damn players that have the best odds of success. We are not in a position to gamble. We're terrible right now.

Have you read any of the posts? Redline and Mckeens had him in the mid-twenties in their final draft ranking. Coupled with the fact that the Flames scouts themselves believe he has top-six potential, I don`t know which experts you are talking about. NHL central scouting? lol

I`ll take the opinion of respected scouting institutions such as Mckeens and Redline, not to mention professional scouts, over the rants of arm-chair general managers who are choked that the team didn`t rubber stamp the so-called research they did over the internet.

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#54 Sean Bennett
June 30 2013, 11:30PM
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Derzie wrote:

This is really a glass half full take on this. Bottom line is that ALL hockey experts had Poirier available MUCH later. Bone-headed move to go that deep to get a player that would have been there later. Or and who besides Eric Roy is a good pick after the 1st round. We should have had a much better day. That is, pick the damn players that have the best odds of success. We are not in a position to gamble. We're terrible right now.

Plus, are you psychic? How do you know he would have been available much later? Montreal interviewed this kid multiple times, and the Flames were obviously worried he would not be available after 25.

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#55 Sean Bennett
June 30 2013, 11:38PM
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Plus, here`s what Redline Report had to say on Porier, whom they saw being picked 25th:

`Hear that? It’s the sound of fervent praying as the Habs try to subconsciously will the rest of the league into staying away from this hometown Montreal stud. If they land him at #25, it will be the biggest steal of the draft.`

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#56 cunning_linguist
July 01 2013, 02:01AM
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Sean Bennett wrote:

Have you read any of the posts? Redline and Mckeens had him in the mid-twenties in their final draft ranking. Coupled with the fact that the Flames scouts themselves believe he has top-six potential, I don`t know which experts you are talking about. NHL central scouting? lol

I`ll take the opinion of respected scouting institutions such as Mckeens and Redline, not to mention professional scouts, over the rants of arm-chair general managers who are choked that the team didn`t rubber stamp the so-called research they did over the internet.

Couldn't agree more. Feaster and Co. haven't even been running drafts long enough for us to qualify a single one of their picks as a bust. Besides, this isn't even a Janko-style reach. People have just been so worked up looking at the group of names predicted to fall within our range as determined by google.

There are multiple sources that place this kid right in our range. If you are willing to look and get over your desire for Shinkaruk (who apparently all teams from ~10 to 21 must have somehow been blind as well for not taking), you'll see that this was a totally sane pick.

Stop misdirecting Darryl draft hate towards Feaster. It's way to soon to criticize the new draft strategy.

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#57 BJ
July 01 2013, 06:43AM
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cunning_linguist wrote:

Couldn't agree more. Feaster and Co. haven't even been running drafts long enough for us to qualify a single one of their picks as a bust. Besides, this isn't even a Janko-style reach. People have just been so worked up looking at the group of names predicted to fall within our range as determined by google.

There are multiple sources that place this kid right in our range. If you are willing to look and get over your desire for Shinkaruk (who apparently all teams from ~10 to 21 must have somehow been blind as well for not taking), you'll see that this was a totally sane pick.

Stop misdirecting Darryl draft hate towards Feaster. It's way to soon to criticize the new draft strategy.

At first I was surprised with some of the picks still on the board but now I agree with both of you. I think this could be a great pick.

He plays in Gatineau, just across the river from Monahan so I have a feeling that Calgary really scouted this guy, has a good book on him and know what they are getting.

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#58 Trianglereverie
July 01 2013, 10:30AM
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Derzie wrote:

This is really a glass half full take on this. Bottom line is that ALL hockey experts had Poirier available MUCH later. Bone-headed move to go that deep to get a player that would have been there later. Or and who besides Eric Roy is a good pick after the 1st round. We should have had a much better day. That is, pick the damn players that have the best odds of success. We are not in a position to gamble. We're terrible right now.

actually not all hockey experts. And not all hockey experts have a team to look at and think this player adds something we don't have in our line up either.

I wrote a great point on Ryan's post about this. Montreal picking at 25 were indeed keen on Poirier and it is believed that they were going to use their late pick on him. IT makes sense given Montreal's position currently they can afford to take a chance on a player like Poirier because the payoff is big for a 25 pick if he works out but it's low risk for them given they have some good prospects in their system already.

That being said. Watch some of the of Poirier skating and picture him driving the net at top speed or coming out of our zone through the neutral zone at top speed given that he can accelerate so quickly. There's not many players in the league any more who can do this.

The more i read and the more I watch Poirier skate the wetter I get. lol.

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#59 McRib
July 02 2013, 07:20AM
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@Sean Bennett

Red Line Reports Chief Scout is based out of Montreal, where are ISS and Corey Pronman based out of... Florida!! Hahah. Who should have a better read on this kid then... You be the judge, but I think Poirier is looking like a very solid pick and you know Montreal was planning on taking him when after Calgary took him they panicked and took a massive reach in Michael McCarron. They thought this kid was sign sealed delivered to be a Canadien, not so fast.

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#60 McRib
July 02 2013, 07:33AM
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@Derzie

Easily the two most respected Private Hockey Publications in the business (Red Line/McKeen's) had this guy 21/26. If you want to believe what ISS is saying you might want to know something... I was at the draft and ISS a firm based out of Florida was giving away copies of their draft guide to fans for free, lol. Red Line Report/McKeen's have all thirty NHL teams subscribing to them from what I have been told and would never give away anything. I'll take their opinion thanks, also numerous NHL teams had Poirier well within the 20-30 range. He is also a late bloomer and anyone who watched him say that if the season was a couple months longer he easily would have been a Top. 15, as he was on another level down the stretch.

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