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07-30-2005, 09:49 PM
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Won't you agree that the rangers have chosen to to stay away

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Originally Posted by Draft Guru
Latendresse...Hmmm..

This is just one of those things where we're going to have to wait and see. As you can tell by the way the draft went, all these so-called expert rankings are always way off base year after year. A lot of the rankings had Latendresse going mid-first round, but I never believed it. I thought he'd be a late first round, early second round pick for sure, but I didn't think he would drop to 45. But what I've learned over the past 8 years is usually there's a good reason why a player drops like Latendresse did. I've been paying close attention to the last 8 or so drafts and there's always a player that everybody has highly ranked but falls and falls and falls. And so far, none of those players have really amounted to anything, so I guess the real scouts were right.

Latendresse would seem like a nice pick for the Rangers. He's big, physical and can score. But his skating needs improvement, and maybe the Rangers felt that was a big concern, especially with this "new NHL". And who knows, maybe they didn't like something they saw in an interview or work-outs or whatever. The Rangers really look at a player's character, work-ethic, the way they handle themselves, etc. Latendresse probably was not this "protoypical" Ranger that they seem to be drafting year after year.

But then again, maybe the Rangers did like Latendresse, but felt it was worth it to take two projects in Cliche and Dupont instead of one. I don't know enough about Cliche or Dupont, but neither put up particularly big numbers in junior. They're the guys that get paid to do what they do, so I'll give them the benefit of doubt for now.
from prospects with question marks such as Latendresse? My feeling is that at some point you have to roll the dice and take a kid like Latendresse. I think he has a bigger potential payoff than both of the players they got with the picks from the trade. Especially considering that he plays a position that the organization is really weak in.

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