Monday, September 27, 2010

Guillaume Latendresse Jersey Card

Speaking of the Minnesota Wild's potential for offensive power, here's ''slow-footed'' powerforward Guillaume Latendresse, who started putting pucks in the net on a regular basis when he was traded by the Montréal Canadiens for Benoît Pouliot. 25 goals in a little more than 50 games.

This gave ample ammunition to those who kept requesting he be put on the Habs' top two lines, but Habs brass didn't think he was quick enough to warrant playing there, despite having had some level of success, playing with Saku Koivu while Chris Higgins was injured.

In any event, the big question now is whether he'll be able to repeat last year's performance and - by playing all 82 games - crack the 30-goal mark for the first time in his young career. He has the skill set to do so - terrific hands and an affinity to know where the net is. He just needs to play in a system where he isn't required to be the first man back in his own zone, and it seems he's found it in Minnesota.

This card (#RM-GL) is from Upper Deck's 2006-07 Series 2 set, and features a piece of white jersey that was used in a photo shoot, because by the time it was required for the cards to hit the streets, 'Tender' hadn't played a game yet, thus this being his 'Rookie Jersey' card, from the Rookie Materials sub-set.

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