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06-25-2012, 07:26 PM
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Biggest problem with Latendresse was a combination of things: His sense of entitlement, his view of himself as a player, the way he was brought up and developed by the staff.

His sense of entitlement: I believe it was rumored after his training camp that he would refuse to sign and go back into the draft if they didnt sign and use him in the NHL. After they caved to this demand, he seemed to believe he had his place in the line-up without having to do any of the work.
His view of himself as a player: He wanted to be a skilled guy and ignored the fact he had a big body that he needed to use to not only punish players (the dingman hit ruined his mean streak), but also to power to the net or screen the goalie.
The way he was brought up and developed: He shouldve been sent down to the AHL after his rookie season to further develop his game. They didnt do that and kept sticking him on the bottom lines. He never got to develop his offensive touch this way.

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