I for one agrees with the judges when it comes to Gilles/Poirier. If you take a closer look at Poirier compared to Islam and Hill, you can see a vast difference in quality, sheer skating technique. HE is much better, and Piper, while not as good her partner, is just as good as Paul and Ralph. With more training and more experience, Gilles/Poirier can become extremely good.
Btw, does anyone know why TSN has geoblocked half of the videos. I can't watch Men's or Ladies competitions. :(