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05-06-2008, 11:19 PM
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Last game he beated Hatcher one one one because he was faster.

One snail beating another.

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05-06-2008, 11:20 PM
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I can't wait for Latendresse to show what he can really do. I don't hate him at all. He can be invisible at times, but the guy has a head and he seems to have managed to keep it all despite the fact that at 20, he was the idol of the whole damn town.

Just try not to bash him too hard and then come back later saying he is a freaking god because he scored 5-6 goals in two weeks

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05-06-2008, 11:22 PM
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Last summer he made power skating and lost weight . He was a bit faster ( or less slow should i say ) this season .

Doing power skating is one thing that help , but i think that Latendresse wants more than that . With a skating instructor , he will be able to correct all the bad things he's doing right now ; positioning , distance betwen the legs , longer of the steps ...

I wish it were that simple, skating often is a difficult area to improve often you either have it or you don't, its obvious he has the hands and down low board work to make it on this team but skating is so important in the NHL nowadays.

We will see I suppose these next couple of seasons should make or break this kid.

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05-06-2008, 11:23 PM
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Even at his current speed he could be an effective top 6 forward if he simply went to the net more and stayed there. For the most part he is a perimeter player which in my opinion is holding him back more than skating.

However i don't know whats going to be more difficult, improving his skating or his willingness to pay the price in front of the net.

He seems to be a good kid with a good attitude so time will tell.
It's not a question of his being a good kid with a good attitude. I'll give him good marks on that. The skating is another matter. If he plants himself in front of the net and stays there, is he going to be able to get back to his own zone if the Habs turn over the puck?

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05-06-2008, 11:26 PM
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Now all he has to do is take some yoga classes, and he'll be one hell of a power forward, just like Higgins.
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05-06-2008, 11:27 PM
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I think Lats is a really motivated kid, who really wants to succeed in Mtl. Benching him during the playoffs will give the kid an even bigger push to work on the parts of his game that need improving. I found he didn't really improve offensively from last year, but clearly defensively he got much better. I saw huge flashes of offensive talent in that rookie year, while he seemed to be fanning on his shots a lot and a bit lost this year.
I'm expecting a big year next year...

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05-06-2008, 11:27 PM
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He's never going to be a fast skater... he just has to learn to keep his feet moving. That will at least not make him a defensive liability.

I have to remind myself that he is still young. I still think is stupid that he was rushed to the NHL, but thats a different arguement.

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05-06-2008, 11:29 PM
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It's not a question of his being a good kid with a good attitude. I'll give him good marks on that. The skating is another matter. If he plants himself in front of the net and stays there, is he going to be able to get back to his own zone if the Habs turn over the puck?
Was Bertuzzi? Bertuzzi has never been fast but before the incident he was the best powerforward in the league and even a contender for the Art Ross one year.

Was Brett Hull? Hull never did anything on the ice but stay at the top of the circle and make himself open. Yet he had 700 goals.

If you tell Gui that his job is to stand in front of the net and gain position, scoring goals off rebounds, as long as he does that well, who cares? We didn't draft him to be a two-way specialist. Let him work on his strengths, which is size and hands. A little footspeed wouldn't hurt obviously, but to expect anything else from him is too much.

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05-06-2008, 11:30 PM
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"Latendresse entend retenir les services d'un spécialiste en patinage afin d'accroître sa vitesse au cours de la saison estivale. Le directeur du recrutement et du développement des joueurs, Trevor Timmins, lui a recommandé un spécialiste afin de l'aider à parfaire cet aspect de son jeu."

Said that he isn't satisfy of his season , but that he worked on a lot of little details as Carbo asked him to do , and that's why is plus - minus is a lot better this season .

Wants to hire a skating coach this summer , to work his speed . Timmins gave him the name of an instructor .

The article also says that he will be a new father ...
I hope the skating instruction works. He would be much more valuable to the team if he succeeds in improving his skating. I jokingly refer to him as l'escargot but I'd love to see him graduate from that category. If he had been a better skater in 2005 he would have been a late first round pick. I still don't know what to predict for him, but the better he gets the better it will be for the Habs.

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05-06-2008, 11:33 PM
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he has great hands and showed he can fight this year. give him time - and a good center man

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05-06-2008, 11:34 PM
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Seriously though, if Latendresse improves his speed and becomes faster, he could be one heck of a player. His hands are very underrated around here. He's really good in the corners, I've never see him getting knocked out of the puck, and he has a great pair of hands (in my opinion, just behind Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec). I see him as a 30 goals scorer, and he should put up to 60 points per year if he plays on a regular basis.

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he has great hands and showed he can fight this year. give him time - and a good center man
I thought he was dynamite when put with Chipchura. Two players who are extremely hard to knock off the puck. Down low they were unstoppable.

He's fought before so we know he isn't afraid to get his nose dirty. Just stand in front of the net and punch some defencemen, that's the exact player we need.

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I wish it were that simple, skating often is a difficult area to improve often you either have it or you don't, its obvious he has the hands and down low board work to make it on this team but skating is so important in the NHL nowadays.

We will see I suppose these next couple of seasons should make or break this kid.
Latendresse is slow because he keeps his body to high when he's skating . Even if he does power-skating , he won't increase his speed that much . But if he learns to be lower on his leg , his speed is going to increase a lot .

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05-07-2008, 12:00 AM
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How to improve his speed in one easy step.

Step 1 - Knees on the outside instead of on the inside.

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05-07-2008, 12:08 AM
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didn't he say this last summer too?

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05-07-2008, 12:09 AM
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It's not a question of his being a good kid with a good attitude. I'll give him good marks on that. The skating is another matter. If he plants himself in front of the net and stays there, is he going to be able to get back to his own zone if the Habs turn over the puck?
He isn't that slow where he a defensive liability because he can't get back. As winger its not as key as a centerman. He has improved his defensive zone play a lot as well although still rough.

However a good attitude to improve your overall game is huge in my opinion. He doesn't have the edge in his game to be a Bertuzzi most likely however Big Todd has failed to ever improve other areas of his game. If you can't become a star do to your skating but become a solid point producer and a good defensive player than you will be very valuable to a team.

Tomas Holmstrom isn't the prettiest skater nor the best skater or fastest however he has managed to create a nice niche in this league and frankly Lats has a huge advantage in that he has better hockey sense and passing.

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How to improve his speed in one easy step.

Step 1 - Knees on the outside instead of on the inside.

Step 2 - These are not your friends.




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I thought they had Gaston Gingras on the payroll for this.

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Now all he has to do is take some yoga classes, and he'll be one hell of a power forward, just like Higgins.
Higgins is a power forward?

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Higgins is a power forward?
1000 yards away from it.

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I hope he works on his 'tight' turns too, I've seen 18 wheelers with sharper turning radius' then him

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I hope he works on his 'tight' turns too, I've seen 18 wheelers with sharper turning radius' then him
Ok, ok... thats not nice.

18 wheelers dont deserve that kind of abuse!

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Latendresse is slow because he keeps his body to high when he's skating . Even if he does power-skating , he won't increase his speed that much . But if he learns to be lower on his leg , his speed is going to increase a lot .
I agree with this, it seems to me Latendresse has a ton of upper body strength, which is why he rarely gets outmuscled along the boards but very little leg strength, or at the very least, not enough to accomodate his frame. He reminds me a bit of one of those strongmen caricatures; big biceps, chicken legs.

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I have a small problem with all of this...

Why is this ALL NEW? (Timmins giving him the name of a specialist/instructor...NOW?).

So, this is new for LATS? (improving his speed/skating/acceleration).

Didn't he already have an instructor last year?
Wasn't he supposed to be training on his skating/acceleration...last year and the year before?


Why all of this NOW? and only now? (I don't get it?).

I'm just saying...(it's better late than never, but...). Since the first day Timmins drafted him Lats should have been doing this/that to improve his skating...



All that written in the above, good luck to Gui this summer.
May speed be with you for next season.
he would be a perfect PF if...he had some speed or more will to crash/go to the net on a CONSISTENT basis.
No. all we got out of Guy last off season was that near the end of the 82 game he was out of gas so he worked all summer on his weight and stamina, this is good and fine, but everybody knew what Guy needed most was a bit of extra speed.
Well, now telling everyone he was going to spend the off season on Speed Speed and more Speed is good but it probable comes seconds before Timmons orders Guy to do so.
In defense of Guy though, he has a great attitude and work ethic and he will do all the drills as hard as he can ( as opposed to Ribs who just walked through the drills, remember)
Nothing can help Guy more then that extra step.

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Wants to hire a skating coach this summer , to work his speed . Timmins gave him the name of an instructor .

The article also says that he will be a new father ...
Baby-making is good cardio.

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