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05-24-2005, 03:44 AM
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Pat LaFontaine style?

If you were to pick one player in todays hockey, who would you say have the same playing style as Pat LaFontaine?

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Nobody in today's NHL.

Patty is a prototypical eighties player: a soft floater who can't handle traffic.

And I mean it in the fondest sense.

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Nobody in today's NHL.

Patty is a prototypical eighties player: a soft floater who can't handle traffic.

And I mean it in the fondest sense.
Apparently you missed the 1980's, as Lafontaine was small ultra quick and fearless. Going hard to the net with little regard for his health.

Soft floaters that avoid contact don't have their careers ended from concussions

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Maybe Martin St.Louis a bit. Not the same position, but they're both great finesse players and go hard to the net with or without the puck.

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Apparently you missed the 1980's, as Lafontaine was small ultra quick and fearless. Going hard to the net with little regard for his health.

Soft floaters that avoid contact don't have their careers ended from concussions
Yeah I got to agree on this one, from the little I have seen and the stuff I have read about LaFontaine he was fearless going throught the traffic.

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05-24-2005, 10:55 AM
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Lafontaine was not soft and was certainly not a floater.Very good player taken out of the game when he still had good games to play.Happens too often.

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I'll say it once, I'll say it again: anyone who calls Pat LaFontaine "soft" or a "floater" never saw the guy play. He was fearless, willing to battle in corners, take a pounding in the slot or take a hit to make a play. IMO, he set the standard for small players in the 1980s and for years to come.

If I had to choose a current player, I'd say Saku Koivu: a small, skilled player with heart and reckless abandon, although Saku is not the offensive machine that LaFontaine was. Gilbert Brule and Zach Parise, IMO, has the potential to become that type of player as well, although neither will be as good as Pat LaFontaine.

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I'll say it once, I'll say it again: anyone who calls Pat LaFontaine "soft" or a "floater" never saw the guy play. He was fearless, willing to battle in corners, take a pounding in the slot or take a hit to make a play. IMO, he set the standard for small players in the 1980s and for years to come.

If I had to choose a current player, I'd say Saku Koivu: a small, skilled player with heart and reckless abandon, although Saku is not the offensive machine that LaFontaine was. Gilbert Brule and Zach Parise, IMO, has the potential to become that type of player as well, although neither will be as good as Pat LaFontaine.
Gilbert Brule is quite a dirty player. I think he is quite different from Lafontaine.

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I think Parise is a brilliant comparison.

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I don't think Parise will be as good as Lafontaine. I think Koivu would be his ceiling. I just used Parise as an illustration of a small player with lots of talent, heart and character, and a fearless attitude.

I'm well aware of Brule's physical edge, but again, I only used him as an example of a highly-skilled, smaller player who plays without fear.

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I think Parise is a brilliant comparison.
I think Patty was a better skater however.

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anyone know what Pat is upto these days?

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I think Parise is a brilliant comparison.
I think that Pat was a better skater than Parise and Parise is more of a passer than Pat was.

I would pick Sid Crosby as someone whose style is very similar to Pat's.

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Koivu is a good comparison

Less grit
better in the slot
less vison
all heart

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05-28-2005, 03:26 PM
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Lafontaine was a great passer....one of the best.A major reason Mogilny scored 76 goals in 93.

If Parise turns out to be as effective an nhl passer as Lafontaine we can stop any arguing about how good he will be in the nhl...................he definately will be an all-star player then.

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anyone know what Pat is upto these days?
Pretty sure I saw a feature about him competing in a triathlon. He did a cross country tour promoting a charitable cause recently, I should rememebr but I'm drawing a blank. I'm sure someone knows about it. Great,now I'm posting about memory loss.

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Lafontaine was a great passer....one of the best.A major reason Mogilny scored 76 goals in 93.

If Parise turns out to be as effective an nhl passer as Lafontaine we can stop any arguing about how good he will be in the nhl...................he definately will be an all-star player then.
Yeah, I don't mean to say he'll be as good at Patty, but just in style he seems very similar, I agree Lafontaine was a better skater, but Parise seems to have a very similar stride IMO. I don't think Parise is more of a passer though.

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Lafontaine reminds me in hindsight of Brett Hull the way he floated around the offensive end and jumped into holes to get open. When he used to come up the ice, he wouldn't skate, he would use c-cuts....and he'd still be faster than anyone out there.

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05-29-2005, 08:32 AM
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Yeah, I don't mean to say he'll be as good at Patty, but just in style he seems very similar, I agree Lafontaine was a better skater, but Parise seems to have a very similar stride IMO. I don't think Parise is more of a passer though.
I see what you're saying.

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anyone know what Pat is upto these days?
Writing books

In fact I have an autographed copy of one of his books,pretty good too.

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Lafontaine was a great passer....one of the best.A major reason Mogilny scored 76 goals in 93.

If Parise turns out to be as effective an nhl passer as Lafontaine we can stop any arguing about how good he will be in the nhl...................he definately will be an all-star player then.
I am not saying that Zach is a better passer than Pat but that Zach's game is more of a passing game whereas Pat was a good goal scorer who could pass.

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I am not saying that Zach is a better passer than Pat but that Zach's game is more of a passing game whereas Pat was a good goal scorer who could pass.
Patty, one heck of a player. To bad he and the other Pat, Flatly that is (Toronto Boy), just missed out on some of those Islander cup teams.

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