Free agent forward Benoit Pouliot, the fourth overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft, joined the Rangers on Friday night, the third player to agree to terms with the Blueshirts on the first day of free agency. Pouliot, center Dominic Moore and defenseman Aaron Johnson are the newest faces to join the organization, during a week which saw the team also acquire defensemen Justin Falk and Danny Syvret, and forward Danny Kristo, in separate trades.
The 6-foot-3, 205 pound Pouliot has 291 games of NHL experience, after being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Minnesota Wild. He has scored 61 goals and totaled 124 points in his career, having played with the Wild, Canadiens, Bruins, and Lightning. Pouliot, who recorded 20 points (8-12-20) in 34 games for Tampa Bay last season, also has accumulated 201 penalty minutes in his career.
Pouliot, 26, scored 16 goals and finished with 32 points and a career-best +18 plus/minus rating two seasons ago with Boston. He netted a career-high 17 goals while playing in only 53 games for Minnesota and Montreal during the 2009-10 season.
Only Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan---who coincidentally made headlines Friday when he was traded from Anaheim to Ottawa, and Jack Johnson were selected before Pouliot at the 2005 draft. That year the Rangers chose Marc Staal with the 12th overall selection.
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