Minnesota also prior to this year played a defensive system primarily, and sheltered their players in the minors until they are close to fully developed. I wonder whether that has had an impact on Pouliot's output up until now.
I remember back in 2005 though that I thought this guy had bust potential written all over him. He certainly hasn't overcome that over 4 years later.
McGuire says that he was worried about the Latendresse/Lapierre friendship. I wonder why? Just because two guys are friends, I'm not sure why that's a negative. Are they too cliquey?
I would say they associated too much with each other and not the whole team, always together on the bench on the ice and so on...too dependant on each other and not dependant enough on their own traits or working on getting that chemistry with others.
Lappy maybe next if he doesn't show up, Pyatt and Chip can easily replace him.
Pouliot fit more the mold of this team. I understand he is much more mobile than Guillaume, while carrying the same offensive potential. If he comes into his own he could be a good 2nd line LW for us. With the emergence of Pyatt and White, some of these bottom line players like Latendresse become expendable.
Both sides are gambling, both organizations I think hope that each player will flourish in the new situation.