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03-15-2007, 10:45 AM
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Latendresse #1 in rookie hitting, top 10 in scoring

From Gino Reda's Plus/Minus editorial on That's Hockey (taken from TSN.ca; obviously Lats got a plus)

http://tsn.ca/tsn_talent/columnists/gino_reda/

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The Kid's Alright

A couple of months ago, Patrick Roy blasted Guillaume Latendresse, saying the only reason the youngster was playing for the Habs was the fact that he speaks French.

Now the kid is among the top 10 in rookie scoring. He's also No. 1 in hitting and had two goals in the Habs' biggest game of the year on Tuesday night.
Maybe those stats are old news to everyone else, but I guess I never really thought about them. I have to say that's pretty impressive for a 19-year old playing on a not-so-hot team (and as a power forward). He does have his shortcomings, but is Guillaume Latendresse - dare I say it - underrated?


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is Guillaume Latendresse - dare I say it - underrated?
Don't you dare. Don't you ****ing dare.

Guy's a talented guy, no doubt. Being 10th in rookie scoring is like being first in line to see the latest Pauly Shore picture.

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Don't you dare. Don't you ****ing dare.

Guy's a talented guy, no doubt. Being 10th in rookie scoring is like being first in line to see the latest Pauly Shore picture.
Well yes, I know that there's only a finite number of rookies in the league and being in the top ten isn't nearly as big an achievement as, say, being top ten in the whole league...but it's still pretty good for a power forward (remember Thornton's goal totals as a rookie) in addition to being the top hitter.

Maybe I should rephrase my sentence to say "is Guillaume Latendresse actually as good as the Montreal media thinks he is?"

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Amen. I'm hopeful he has a career that's somewhere in the middle of John LeClair as a Hab and John LeClair as a Flyer.

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He's 11th in scoring

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If he can improved is skating during the summer he can become a force on this team.

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He's 11th in scoring

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A minus to Gino Reda for not checking his facts.

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He's 11th in scoring

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Maybe he ment scoring as in goal scoring and not total points. Also the article was written yesterday so maybe someone passed him after the games.

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I really think he compares much better with Bertuzzi than Leclair, I dont think he will ever be the grinder Leclair was, but he might have a better hockey sense ala Bertuzzi. Its hard to evaluate his upside atm since a lot depends on how much he will improve his skating.


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But I thought he should be in the AHL?

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But I thought he should be in the AHL?
ya i was gonna post that, alot of people said 2 weeks ago tha he had to spend the hole year in Hamilton next year

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I just hope Tender keeps getting better. If he keeps his good attitude, his hits up, and can reach 50-60pts a season, he will be one of the pieces if the Habs win another Stanley Cup.

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Latendresse has been what I expected him to be :

a 19 year old kid who's learning the ropes.

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ya i was gonna post that, alot of people said 2 weeks ago tha he had to spend the hole year in Hamilton next year
Why not? Is presence in Montreal only shows the situation that we are in, isn't one of strength. Now don't get me wrong, I like when he plays like he did since the benching, but before that event, the general consensus was that Guillaume wasn't deserving a spot on this hockey team, to say the least.

Personally, I'd make him pay his dues next year in Hamilton, let him get 30+goals there, he will be ready, mature and confident to be a real top 6 player without "if" and "but" for the 2008-2009 season.


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He's also 188th in +/-.

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hey Canadien fans, I see Lats is havin a good season 15 goals I think.

Just want to ask what is his Potential for the future? 30-40 goals?

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hey Canadien fans, I see Lats is havin a good season 15 goals I think.

Just want to ask what is his Potential for the future? 30-40 goals?
Depends on skating improvements imo. 25-30 if he remain quite slow, but could score more if he wants to work hard to get faster/meaner.

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hey Canadien fans, I see Lats is havin a good season 15 goals I think.

Just want to ask what is his Potential for the future? 30-40 goals?
In the habs defensive system I'd say 25.

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I'm not sure why people are downplaying his achievements. He's the second leading scorer from the 2005 draft behind Stastny, and seventh in rookie goal scoring.

Yes he needs work on his skating, but he's got great hands, can make smart passes, and is already almost impossible to knock off the puck.

Scouts are wholly impressed by the progress he's made since early in his draft year, and there's no reason to expect it not to continue.

Gui will be a 30-goal scorer within two or three years I think, and he'll get even more aggressive in his hitting as he continues to improve his skating and can catch up to the puck quicker.

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hey Canadien fans, I see Lats is havin a good season 15 goals I think.

Just want to ask what is his Potential for the future? 30-40 goals?
Give him "top-6" ice time next year (all season long) and i think he can get about 60pts (25-30 goals)

Not bad for a 19 year-old.

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Give him "top-6" ice time next year (all season long) and i think he can get about 60pts (25-30 goals)

Not bad for a 19 year-old.
Maybe he can reach that goal range but how do you see him getting 30-35 assists?

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he prolly wont get that much...maybe in a few years tho...

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I really think he compares much better with Bertuzzi than Leclair, I dont think he will ever be the grinder Leclair was, but on the other he might have a better hockey sense ala Bertuzzi. Its hard to evaluate his upside atm since a lot depends on how much he will improve his skating.
I think it's a fair comparison, aside from Leclair's booming shot. He was just big -big as a house, and he'd turn his back to the defenceman and take 3 crosschecks while maintaining possession. I don't think Lats will ever be as aggressive as Bertuzzi.

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Personally, I'd make him pay his dues next year in Hamilton
That would probably kill his entire career.

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That would probably kill his entire career.
How so?

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