Pouliot patiently waits his turn

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Pouliot patiently waits his turn

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com BruinsInsider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- Benoit Pouliot certainly would have liked to haveplayed for the Bruins on opening night, but he understands the team istaking the patient approach with him.

The formerWild and Habs forward admitted hes had to adjust from a completelydifferent system of attack than the one he played in Montreal over thelast two years. The dump-and-chase, forecheck system preferred by theBruins is diametrically opposed to Montreals philosophy of puttingeverything on the net, and old habits diehard.

Pouliot certainly isnt a guy we plan onputting in the stands as a game inactive. Hes a guy that Ive saidall along will get his opportunity, said coach Claude Julien. Butwe thought Jordan Caron had a really good camp and he deserved tostart over Pouliot. We thought Benoit was not totally comfortableright now, and hes said the same thing in discussions with us.

Its tough getting used to playing for one team togo to another. Some guys adapt quickly and some other guys are thinkersand it takes them a little bit longer. He agrees with us that hes alittle hesitant in some areas, but with repetitions in practice heshould get more comfortable.

So Pouliot was ahealthy scratch Thursday night, and never even made it into the pregameskate prior to the opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. Caron wasthe starting left wing on the third line, skating with Chris Kelly andTyler Seguin.

Pouliot said all the right thingsafter practice on Friday.

Its no problem," hesaid. "I just have to keep working and Ill get into the lineup any wayI can. I dont think its a big deal at all. Its a long year. I justneed to understand whats going on out on the ice system-wise. Ivegotten to know the guys better, which is good. But its a different wayof playing on the ice with the breakouts and all of the otherstuff.

Its different from what I was used to inMontreal. Ive just got to watch the games a little bit and then Ithink things will go good.

While Seguin had anexcellent first game and Kelly is probably kicking himself for missingon a point-blank chance in the first period, Julien indicated Caronneeded to find his game now that the regular season has begun.

"I thought Jordan, in his first real game of theseason probably didn't look as comfortable as he did in the preseason,said Julien.

The 20-year-old winger will get a fewmore chances to get into the regular season flow, of course, but itseems like only a matter of time before Pouliot gets his chance to showwhat he can do.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.