We'll see, but the pressure will be on the coaching staffs of the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild to prove they can get the best out of the young prospect they each acquired Monday when The Golden Boy was shipped out of town in exchange for Benoit Pouliot.
Guillaume Latendresse does have a certain amount of potential, but I'm not sure just how high that ceiling is. I really have no idea what to make of Pouliot, other than the fact I believe he was on the Habs radar in the 2005 draft until Minnesota took him at No. 4. The Habs grabbed Carey Price one pick later, and Latendresse 41 picks later.
Personally, I like the trade, simply because I think the situation had become intolerable for The Golden Boy here. From the very start, he was expected to be this city's next locally produced star, and it wasn't something he was necessarily ever going to accomplish. The organization did him no favours by keeping with the club instead of sending him to junior, but I think that only hurt him on the mental side of the game. Physically, he was too strong for junior and wasn't learning anymore, but he was unable to live up to the lofty expectations heaped on him very early.
He told Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse that he's "relieved" to be traded, which I think says it all.
Sergei Kostitsyn was also called up from Hamilton today, as Pouliot is currently injured with a jammed wrist, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune's Michael Russo.
I'll have more on this later on.