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07-21-2008, 10:32 AM
Lone Rogue
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Country: Canada
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Being one of the few guys who would bear a Latendresse avatar (That I made!), yes of course I'm a fan.

He barely plays, and when he does, he either does a lot of good or a lot of questionable. Never "bad". I don't see him taking Hollweg level penalties. I don't see him giving up the puck to cost us goals. I don't see terrible passes that lead to giveaway goals. For the most part I see him and Lapierre sending the puck into the opposition's zone, not really doing much with it, just killing time for the top lines to be refreshed. When he does get tossed onto a top line, he produces. More importantly, he produces on even strength.

My belief is that in 3 years, Latendresse will be a solid 25-30 goal scorer, who can kill penalties, protect teammates and contribute. That's it. If he becomes more, wonderful, but I project him as a second line threat. Maybe thats why the guy doesn't piss me off so much. Maybe with the right center he'll fire home 40 in a year, but I'm not going to count on it.

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