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05-17-2006, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Matrix
Obviously, Lats would've been better this year than any of Zednik, Sundstrom or Bulis and would've bring the physical play we clearly lacked for all this year.

The thing now about the upcoming year is would Lats be any better than the 2nd year rookies that will play better, the rookies like Lapierre or maybe Kostitsyn who are more ready than him or the upcoming 1 or 2 UFA's that we could get.

The answer is No, and since he's not, a full year in Drum, when we will need to see a real character player who will need not only to have better scoring statistics, will need to be a physical force out there and show some leadership skills as well.

Then he'll be ready. What's 1 year really???
Wasn't he reprimanded down the stretch for his lack of commitment/leadership in the Q. I think he wouldn't have looked out of place in the NHL, but that the year in the Q will have helped to ground him a little bit

The roster was crowded last time around, but with Bulis gone, there's at least one more spot open on the top 3 lines. If Lats can come to camp and win that spot, he'll stay with the big club this time around.

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