What we need is latendresse to be our "lucic" and hit and play like a power forward and scare opponents. Man, I just hope
This series can be won if we win most of the individual matchups:
Lats vs Lucic
Laraque vs Thornton
Thomas vs Price
Julien vs Gainey
Koivu vs Savard
Lapierre vs Krejci
Kosto vs Axellson
Ryder vs Kostitsyn
Recchi vs Dandenault
Markov vs Chara
Komi vs Ward
Yelle vs Metropolit
Bostons playoff motto is: We want it, 2009
The habs motto should: The Comeback, 2009
I think most of us are happy with Lats' progress this year. He seems to be playing better day by day. Its a slow progress but its there for sure.
I do agree though that I'd like to see him play with more of an edge. I don't ever think he'll become the power forward that we all were hoping he'd become but we have to remember that he's still just a kid.
.....to answer the initial question - never!! He can though become a valuable 3rd-liner who has the potential to play the body, cycle the puck well using his frame, and potting 20+ goals/year.
He will never be a WWF bruiser with the mentality of Lucic - I will always remember Lucic on the bench, after breaking the glass with a check, a fan bloodied and WWF Lucic laughing on the bench - what an idiot!
Latendresse will never be a Lucic. For one thing, he doesn't fight which also means that he doesn't pick and chose his fights!
I'm very pleased with Latendresse this season and because he's been in the league for 3 years, people tend to forget that he's only 21! To put things into context, Lapierre just turned the corner and he's 24. Plekanec turned the corner last year at 24 as well. Andrei Kostitsyn is still terribly inconsistent and he's 23. Young guys rarely have the consistency that they need until their mid-20's and some never get it (Kovalev anyone?).
Latendresse is physical, he's getting more and more confident and the best thing for him is to be matched with Lapierre as those two seem to enjoy each other's company on and off the ice. Guillaume is also quite mature for his age, already a father.
Lats could be like Lucic, but he will need to become violent, grow big ballz and the will to start fighting. We see it when he hit people, the guy is real strong, I'm sure he can destroy opponant's face if he decides to fight. But he dosent seem to care at all about it.
I've heard he's injury prone for conccussions, it may be one of the reasons.