Gatineau's Emile Poirier is a possible late first-round selection (Francis Vachon, The Canadian Press)Following the end of the his season, Émile Poirier witnessed firsthand what could out there for him in the wider world of pro hockey.
The explosive left wing came to count on then-Gatineau Olympiques star Jean-Gabriel Pageau when their tenures at the Robert Guertin Arena overlapped in 2011. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, Poirier ended up being in the stands when Pageau, now an Ottawa Senators rookie, was contributing to a first-round series victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
"The first year I was there he was really good to me," Poirier, who was 39th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking, says of Pageau. "We're not exactly similar on the ice, but we're both skilled forwards ... when I went to Montreal to watch him there, It was unbelievable to watch him against my team. It was amazing to see him against the Habs, my [favourite NHL] team."Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Emile Poirier, Gatineau Olympiques