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08-27-2008, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
The Latendresse situation is pretty ridiculous. Kid is 21. The fact that he's even played two full NHL seasons (and scored 16 goals both times) is extremely impressive. Everyone except Hab fans knows that players of his build take a lot longer to make an impact on the scoresheet. If he was 26 or 27 and was putting up numbers like last year I'd be concerned. But he's 21!
I'm sure that if Latendresse played for another team he'd be highly coveted by us. Somehow, since he's a Canadien he's held to a higher (and very unreasonable) standard. Hopefully the Montreal management is a little bit more patient than the general fanbase, because giving up on Guillaume now is the equivalent of calling Pacioretty a bust if he doesn't make the team in the fall, or Sergei Kostitsyn a bust because he only scored 9 goals last year.
Give him some time to find his game! He's not guaranteed to be a great player in the future but people have to realize his progression is very normal and in many ways ahead of the curve. In the meanwhile it's not as if his presence on the ice is a detriment to the team.
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