The problem is with most of the NHL’s power forwards that they tend to shy away from a lot of defensive aspects of the game. Latendresse is a hybrid between a power-forward and a grinder. He does the little things like blocking shots, coming back and breaking up plays, is responsible with his defensive duties, etc… He’s a great player to have on the ice. He’ll be a 30 goal threat one day and a key to a Montreal cup run.
Give him a few years so he can handle the rigors of an 82 game schedule. It’s not that he needs to bulk up, no way, he’s already got size, but his body needs to be able to handle a full season.]]>
Offensive upside, of course he has a lot more than Garth Murray, but I love what Garth brings to the team. A nasty, gritty, versatile player who could play on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th line. Possibly even the first as a sparkplug, going into the corners and mucking for pucks to get them to the scorers.
Who knows, I would have liked the Rangers to keep him, because he had a great camp and a great preseason, but we have an abundance of that type of player. Hollweg, Ortmeyer, Niemenen, Betts, Rick Kozak, Greg Moore, etc…
There’s nothing won yet for either team being that both players probably won’t be with their respective NHL clubs this year.]]>
Habs past twice on Frolov and Williams in the first round. I’m not saying I personally would have done better than Houle, just that throwing darts might have resulted in better picks.]]>