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03-20-2008, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Shred View Post
Why are so many people bashing Latendresse or the way he was handled in this thread? What he has accomplished this year is nothing short of phenomenal in my opinion. Consider that he's 20, has 16 goals, and played the whole year with limited icetime, barely any PP time, and with subpar linemates on a 3rd line. I'd be curious to see a list of players with similar icetime to his and no PP time who have so many goals in the NHL, not to mention at such a young age. If in 2-3 years he gets an extended shot at producing on the PP and can't do better than his present production, then complaining will be in order, but at the moment he is exceeding expectations (you can't compare him to Lapierre and Chipchura who will struggle to score 15 goals once in their career).

So, please revisit this thread in a few years and then assess his development, but for the type of player he is and projects to be, he is doing just fine right now.

The hate we direct to our players is sometimes too great. The only players that may deserve any bashing are Smolinski and Breisbois .

As for Lats, he has played very well for a player in his position. He has indeed only had 7-10 minutes of ice time a game, no PP time, playing with scrubs most of the time, and still managed to get 16 goals. What many seem to forget is that he is only 20. Moreover, PF usually take more time to develop. Thornton did not hit his stride until his 4th season in the league. I am not saying that Lats will become another Thornton but he will develop into a solid 25-35 goal scorer. As for speed, it did not affect Dave Andreychuk from scoring more than 600 goals in his career. I see Lats in the mold of the latter player but with a greater hitting ability. Once Lats matures and learns his limitations, strengths, and positional play, he will be a positive contributor to the Habs future success.

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