Remember all the hype at the beginning of the year about Guillaume Latendresse? How close he was to making the team and when he didn’t the backlash from fans and the media? I’ve seen people nearly break out into a fist fight over this guy.
Watching the World Junior Championships this year was supposed to be extra fun. 3 Canadiens prospects were sure to make the team, but it wasn’t the case. Carey Price didn’t even make the team much less get to start a game. Kyle Chipchura and Guillaume Latendresse did though. With all the hype surrounding Latendresse this year you’d think he was going to destroy his world junior rivals and win the scoring title all while leading Canada to another Gold Medal. You almost forgot that the other Canadiens prospect Kyle Chipchura was named Captain of the team.
So what happend?
Well Guillaume the great has recorded exactly 0 points in the World Junior Championship and has been virtually unnoticeable. The good news, Captain Kyle has been solid and present in every game and has lead the team to a Gold Medal final match against the Russians. What happend to the guy who was supposed to 100% be in the NHL this year? If he can’t even compete in a Junior setting against teams like Norway and Switzerland how can he be expected to play against professionals and real men? Latendresse still belongs in Junior. The Canadiens management knows it, I know it, but certain overzealous Quebecers can’t seem to admit it.
UPDATE: 09/29/06 Guillaume Latendresse makes the team.