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11-23-2006, 07:51 PM
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Quiet Robert
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Originally Posted by sXe View Post
Well, I spent a fair bit of time defending Mathieu last year so I'm glad you're coming around. Altough you already had your xcrow in this thread.

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t...ht=dandeneault
Two servings of crow, never! I renounce the last serving. In all seriousness I had completely forgotten about that. Nice to see that I had changed my wicked ways last year.


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Originally Posted by CoupeStanley
I agree that he's not a 4th line player but thats probably where he'll be when playoff start with big body PP specialist duty from time to time. This is a long season and I would be quite surprised if he can keep up to top-2 line level by February..

Anyway, thats my projection. It would actually be a 4th line I would be thrilled to see come playoff time. They would make the D crazy on the forecheck and could score a few key goal.
I completely agree. Latendresse projects to be more than a 4th liner, but at this point, I don't think he'll stay among the top 6 when everyone is healthy. I agree with you about the PP time as well. If Lats can manage to get around 7-8+mins of 5-5 and then some solid PP time, I think it will be fine for his development to play on a crash and bang style line.

I like the idea of Lapierre, but I don't know if it's the right time now. Downey seems to be good lockerroom guy and although it's debatable whether he brings more than Lapierre overall, I think he has a distinct edge in leadership, which could come in handy down the stretch and in the playoffs.

As I said, I would like Downey to play with more agressiveness, because that line would be more effective, but as it stands I like that kind of 4th line and I'm happy with Potatoe Man. But if comes down to Lapierre getting a spot because he's playing with more energy and agressiveness, I will be happy. In the long run though, I think it's clear that will Lapierre take over on that line.

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