Lats finally develops in a Leclair type of power forward
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07-14-2008, 10:00 AM
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Lapierre is not able to play center on an offensive line, and for all the talk of his chemistry with Lats, they don't mesh well. Lapierre is a speedy dump-and-chase player and Lats works best with a possession center. That's why he looked good with Chipchura, who tends to hang onto the puck more than Lappy does -- seems that when Lappy has the puck all he wants to do is give it back to the opponent ASAP, while Latendresse needs some time to drive the net and needs the puck to cycle/protect it.
Higgins, OTOH, may be a good center for Lats... and Lapierre could conceivably make a good RW for a line.
On a goal last year, Latendresse and Lapierre kinda confirmed your point. I think it was a game winning goal where Lats "rushed" past the defense and Laps, who was behind, sent a nice little pass to Latendresse who buried the puck. Anyways, after the game Latendresse said he was surprised to get the puck and that he was trying to get to the corner because Lapierre always shoots it there. Lapierre answered by saying something like well I was surprised to see Latendresse in front of me. Both were joking around but the point is, both of them usually don't have a playing style that matches well. Letendresse needs someone to slow the play down, Lapierre someone good at chasing the puck.
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