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10-24-2008, 12:41 PM
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I agree with everyone on here except the OP and the ones who agreed with him.

Kesler reads plays a lot better has much better offensive and defensive awareness than Lapierre. He is a much better player at both ends of the ice.

The only thing that they have in common is that they skate fast and work hard.

Lapierre has zero vision and has a difficult time reading plays. He will not ever get 20 goals because he doesn't have the hockey smarts to get into the right position (and because of this he'll never play with great linemates, which will make it even harder to get goals).

If we're looking for a Lapierre comparison, we can just look at his linemate, Bégin. In my opinion, Lapierre is a younger Bégin with a little more offensive potential and a little less heart.

He is a career 4th liner (albeit, a good one) and those who don't see this will be very disappointed by his career progression.

Like someone said above, Lapierre knows his role, and as long as he doesn't pull a Bulis and think he can score goals, he'll do very well with us.

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