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02-21-2013, 07:19 AM
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Lafleur in Junior

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Originally Posted by nik jr View Post
canadiens1958 would probably know, but i am fairly sure lafleur played C in junior and started in NHL at C.

here is an article about lafleur being moved back to C for '75. http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...pg=843,2036244
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Guy Lafleur played center in junior during the 1969-70 season:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969%E2...0_QMJHL_season

but RW, the following season:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970%E2...1_QMJHL_season

He was the first team AS at center in 1969-70, RW in 1970-71.

Basic reason was that the team was short on centers the first season - 15 year old Andre Savard and 16 year old Jacques Richard were the other two centers.1970 eastern Memorial Cup final against the Junior Canadiens Lafleur was dominated by the quality centers he faced.

Team added centers for the 1970-71 season and Lafleur moved to RW. This allowed him the luxury of playing against weak defensive LWs while being double shifted.

Guy Lafleur lacked certain center attributes - defensive sense and vision, he was at the Pierre Larouche level. Weak on faceoffs.

Pre QMJHL in junior he played a bit of both, more center.

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