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#40 - Maxim Lapierre 2009-10


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This man captained his junior team in the Q, there is no reason to think he cannot bring that to the NHL one day.

I would like to see 15+ in both goals and assists. I think he will have a big role with the habs this year.

I really like our top three centers. All 3 have the ability to be as effective defensively as well as offensively

All 3 have tremedous speed. I do see them creating alot of odd man rushes on the counter attack because of their speed and the speed of our tiop wingers ---cammi, gionta and AK...

Gomez 20 and 55

Pleks 25 and 30

Laps 15 and 15

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This man captained his junior team in the Q, there is no reason to think he cannot bring that to the NHL one day.

Love Lapierres intensity can't wait to watch him this season. Possible captain material for sure!

I disagree. Some players score a monumental amount of goals in the Q and that fails to ever translate to goals in the NHL. Why should we assume because he captained a team in the Q that he could captain a team in the NHL? Lapierre plays with an intense amount of drive, but I don't feel that should translate to captaincy. I feel our captian should be a team member who the club has a long-term investment in. It should also be a player who has a long term investment with us. Lapierre may love being here, but he's a replaceable 4th line center. 3rd line, at best.

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I disagree. Some players score a monumental amount of goals in the Q and that fails to ever translate to goals in the NHL. What does that have to do with leadership?

Why should we assume because he captained a team in the Q that he could captain a team in the NHL? In the same short breath why not? Leadership is about influencing the behavior of others, it does not mean you have to be the best. He plays the game at a high pace with extreme intensity if that same intensity influences a more skilled player than he becomes a leader.

Lapierre plays with an intense amount of drive, but I don't feel that should translate to captaincy. I feel our captian should be a team member who the club has a long-term investment in. It should also be a player who has a long term investment with us. Lapierre may love being here, but he's a replaceable 4th line center. 3rd line, at best.

I know of quite a few third line centers who led their team through captaincy, one that comes to mind is Carboneau.

I am sure Laps continues to get increased ice time and a bigger role on this club this year and many years to come. I think he will be a hab alot longer than some of the more skilled players because he will not always need that 6 or 7 million dollar contract.

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I disagree. Some players score a monumental amount of goals in the Q and that fails to ever translate to goals in the NHL. Why should we assume because he captained a team in the Q that he could captain a team in the NHL? Lapierre plays with an intense amount of drive, but I don't feel that should translate to captaincy. I feel our captian should be a team member who the club has a long-term investment in. It should also be a player who has a long term investment with us. Lapierre may love being here, but he's a replaceable 4th line center. 3rd line, at best.

I think lapierre shows alot of the characteristics that I want in a captain though he is a little young.

Who were you thinking would be the superior choice over laps??

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Speaking of his ankle surgery, Habs I/O is reporting that he is still feeling discomfort in that surgically repaired ankle. Any speculation?

-http://habsinsideout.com/main/21079

Not what I wanted to read. This guy is such a big part of our team. Out of nowhere last season he even got into the hearts of the fans that doubted him.

Hope his ankle is 100% by the time regular season begins (even if he has to miss most of the preseason games!!)

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I think lapierre shows alot of the characteristics that I want in a captain though he is a little young.

Who were you thinking would be the superior choice over laps??

  • Scott Gomez.
  • Mike Cammalleri.
  • Andrei Markov (even though he reportedly doesn't seem interested).

Right now I am hoping Gomez emerges as the team captain.

max may not be the captain of the team but he's co-captain of the fan club with gorges (found that out today when i re-suscribed my daughter )

Co-captain of the fan club? :lol::lol: What the heck does that even mean?

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  • Scott Gomez.
  • Mike Cammalleri.
  • Andrei Markov (even though he reportedly doesn't seem interested).

Right now I am hoping Gomez emerges as the team captain.

Co-captain of the fan club? :lol::lol: What the heck does that even mean?

:lol: nothing! They pick a frendh and an english player every year. They draw a cartoon version of them for newsletters etc...besides that not much.

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Wasn't impressed with him tonight, although I suppose I can say that in regards to just about everyone who was in the lineup. We're just relying on this guy so heavily this season, Metropolit adds basically no offense and even if Gomez and Plekanec score 130 points between then I still fear that just don't have enough scoring down the middle right now and that's where we need Max to continue to develop.

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I think he'd be a fantastic captain.

He also seems like he'll be with the team for the long haul and he's young.

He might be committed to the team for the long haul, but is the team committed to Maxim for the long haul? What could we possibly gain by resigning Max (let's pretend long term) given that he's a 3rd/4th energy pest. If he wants to be a leader and stay with this club for years to come I hope he's going to show us something more this season.

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He might be committed to the team for the long haul, but is the team committed to Maxim for the long haul? What could we possibly gain by resigning Max (let's pretend long term) given that he's a 3rd/4th energy pest. If he wants to be a leader and stay with this club for years to come I hope he's going to show us something more this season.

more? :unsure:

More than last season? This guy was a surprise to everyone last season. Out of nowhere he came and busted his butt every shift he jumped onto the ice. I think we can recall maybe one bad game for him. I love what he brings to the team, and I think he is safe with the Habs (don't want to bring language into this, but I have to this time. Not many French players and there is no way he is going anywhere. He is by far the most popular French player we have) A fan favorite for sure. Not one that just earned this title because of his last name (see #84) but one that gives his all to the team and for his teammates.

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I'll say it again: though I like what Max brings to the table, IMO you don't make a young player your captain unless he's a top skill player who is clearly one of the core components of your team (Crosby in Pittsburgh, Toews in Chicago). Lapierre works hard and I love his energy, but he is a third-line center at best, and fairly replaceable in terms of his skill set. As such, I'd rather wait a few years until he gets a bit older and can command the respect of the dressing-room through consistency before we think about making him captain.

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I'll say it again: though I like what Max brings to the table, IMO you don't make a young player your captain unless he's a top skill player who is clearly one of the core components of your team (Crosby in Pittsburgh, Toews in Chicago). Lapierre works hard and I love his energy, but he is a third-line center at best, and fairly replaceable in terms of his skill set. As such, I'd rather wait a few years until he gets a bit older and can command the respect of the dressing-room through consistency before we think about making him captain.

Agreed 100%.

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more? :unsure:

More than last season? This guy was a surprise to everyone last season. Out of nowhere he came and busted his butt every shift he jumped onto the ice. I think we can recall maybe one bad game for him. I love what he brings to the team, and I think he is safe with the Habs (don't want to bring language into this, but I have to this time. Not many French players and there is no way he is going anywhere. He is by far the most popular French player we have) A fan favorite for sure. Not one that just earned this title because of his last name (see #84) but one that gives his all to the team and for his teammates.

Don't get me wrong. I like Maxim, and I like his work ethic. I'm just not sold on him being definsively competent enough to play against the opposing team's top players, or on him being offensively skilled enough to be a top-6 center. That puts him in an interesting position. And he does understand that. I suppose that's why he does, as you say, bust his butt almost every shift. However, long-term, if there's an opportunity for a more defensively competent or offensively reliable center to take his spot I say, "Bye-bye," to Max. To me, he's a hard-working energy guy. Those guys are a dime a dozen in the NHL.

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Don't get me wrong. I like Maxim, and I like his work ethic. I'm just not sold on him being definsively competent enough to play against the opposing team's top players, or on him being offensively skilled enough to be a top-6 center. That puts him in an interesting position. And he does understand that. I suppose that's why he does, as you say, bust his butt almost every shift. However, long-term, if there's an opportunity for a more defensively competent or offensively reliable center to take his spot I say, "Bye-bye," to Max. To me, he's a hard-working energy guy. Those guys are a dime a dozen in the NHL.

I do think he's got a little bit more offensive ability then your average dime a dozen energy guy but with that being said a lot of what you say I agree with. Max has become overrated, as most energy guy's end up being in their market, people appreciate hard work. When I first came here I swear Begin was as popular as the Kovalev's and Koivu's lol.

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I do think he's got a little bit more offensive ability then your average dime a dozen energy guy but with that being said a lot of what you say I agree with. Max has become overrated, as most energy guy's end up being in their market, people appreciate hard work. When I first came here I swear Begin was as popular as the Kovalev's and Koivu's lol.

And then when Begin was resigned for, what... 2 or 3 years @ $1.1 million/season? Wow, was that ever a mistake!

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