Development Camp 2013: Emile Poirier

Ryan Pike
July 17 2013 08:53AM

 

 

(Ryan Pike attended every day of the Flames development camp. We will continue roll out the interviews he collected while there this week)

When he was chosen at 22nd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Emile Poirier seemed like a bit of an odd choice. Traditionally full of big, burly western Canadians, the Calgary Flames have rarely drafted players from the QMJHL and the only time they chose one earlier than Poirier was in 1995, when they grabbed Denis Gauthier at 20th overall.

But Poirier may be exactly what the club needs at this point. Already full of smaller, skilled, arguably less aggressive forwards like Sven Baertschi, Johnny Gaudreau and Roman Horak, the Flames get in Poirier a 6'1", 185 pound forward who has the frame to put on some serious muscle and was also a triple digit PIM guy last year. It also help that he was a key contributor down the stretch for Gatineau and was a difference-maker through the most obvious manner of generating points – driving the net.

I had the chance to meet with Poirier last week at Calgary Flames development camp.

Ryan Pike: WHAT ARE YOUR INITIAL IMPRESSIONS OF CALGARY?

Emile Poirier: I think it's a great city. I've just seen a bit, but I think the organization is great. All the staff here are amazing.

WHAT PART OF QUEBEC ARE YOU FROM?

Montreal.

YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T GROW UP AS A FLAMES FAN. WHO DID YOU CHEER FOR?

Montreal. [Chuckles]

WELL, THAT'S A TEAM WITH SOME SERIOUS HISTORICAL RIVALRIES WITH CALGARY. FOR ANYONE THAT HASN'T SEEN YOU PLAY, CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR GAME? WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE?

A lot of energy. Offensive player, can play on both sides. I think a lot of energy, compete hard, skate fast.

YOU SHOT UP MOST DRAFT RANKINGS THIS SEASON. DID YOU FEEL ANY OF THAT MOMENTUM DOWN THE STRETCH?

Sure. As the season was going I was proving that I was capable to play hockey at that level. That's what I'm trying to do and I'll always know that I'm capable to do it.

Poirier will likely head back to junior this upcoming season where he will try to build on his team leading 32-goal, 70-point performance from last year.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#51 Kent Wilson
July 17 2013, 06:05PM
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@McRib

Fair enough. I find the idea of "higher utility" is often a trap as well in evaluating kids though. Everyone talked about Greg Nemisz versatility when he was drafted - he as big, he could play the wing or center and he could play on the PK and the PP. Tyler Ennis was taken one pick later and he was considered riskier because he was small scorer who wouldn't be able to fill any other role other than scorer in the league.

5 years later and Ennis is quality NHLer while Nemisz is merely an adequate AHLer. His versatility is entirely moot.

Not to say Poirier is comparable to Nemisz or anything. Just that role assumptions can lead you astray at times.

I have next to no opinion of Poirier personally. A large jumble of kids put up 65-75 points in junior in their draft years. They begin to differentiate the next season or two when some fall off, some run in place and the chosen few take a big step or two forward. Flames fans should hope Poirier is the latter.

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#52 Jeff In Lethbridge
July 17 2013, 06:16PM
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man, i loved oleg!

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#53 T&A4Flames
July 17 2013, 10:52PM
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@everton fc

Seems like a GlenX type player.

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#54 loudogYYC
July 18 2013, 12:04AM
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It's funny how we all find comfort in comparisons, a friend and I also compared Poirier to a mix of Burrows and Gagne after watching every possible YouTube video of him last week.

I went to 2 days of dev camp and was looking out for him. Unfortunately I didn't think he was too noticeable except for his skating stride, it's really weird.

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