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03-20-2008, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by FSU Seminoles View Post
what he has done is score 16 goals and almost all of those goals were scored on 5-5 which makes him the Canadiens player with most or 2nd most goals on 5-5 play. Why he doesn't play more is beyond me, that you should ask Carbonneau.

16 goals is just as good if not better than Koivu, Ryder and Higgins whom all get plenty of power play time
You'd think such a superb 5 on 5 player would at least be even eh? Considering he gets no icetime too. Maybe it's just bad luck.

He doesn't play more because he's just not at that level. He can be effective when used correctly but the more icetime you give him, the more he'll get exposed. Especially against top players.

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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
Are you serious?

Wait 5 more years until he is any good?? He's already pretty good, he'll score close to 20 with mostly 3rd and 4th line ice time at 20 years old. Plus he provides something that no other young forwards bring, he dominates down low with his size and strength. Even A.Kost who is big and strong can't compare to Lats within 30 feet of the net for size, strength and leverage. He'd have 25 goals if he had Higgins A.Kost or S.Kost's ice time from this year.
The difference is that Higgins, A Kost and S Kost are not liabilies with big icetime. They can compete against other teams' top lines and not get completely exposed. They can handle the icetime they get.

If Latendresse had the icetime of those guys, he might have 25 goals...But he'd also be -20 or worse.

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Andrei Kostitsyn was in the minors to learn the language, culture and different style of game. You're comparing apples to oranges.
He was there to develop, just like virtually every other player that has ever made the NHL.

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