Happy 25th birthday to our favorite Cap! (Oh who are we kidding, he is our favorite everything.)
This one goes out to our dedicated Michael Latta Fans!
We have had the privilege of getting to know Michael a little bit this season and have had a lot of fun taking pictures of him for you.
There is serious Latts.
There is roomie Latts.
There is shooting Latts.
There is silly Latts.
And last but certainly not least, there is son Latts.All we can hope for is that we will see Michael back on the ice come October. He is a restricted free agent which means it is time to negotiate a new contract. We think Michael has what it takes as a solid fourth liner. Trotz has said he brings a spark to the game (which is why we have nicknamed him Sparky)and you see that every time he is on the ice. He even took to fighting a bit more at the end of the regular season — much to our surprise.
Latta is good on the face off. Sparky has the right juice for a fourth liner. He isn’t overly expensive at this stage of his career. We need to see more ice time for him so that he can become the solid player the Caps need in their next run for the Cup. We recommend the Caps sign him up for another two years. And yes, we would take him over Mike Richards or Stan Galiev.
Happy Birthday Michael, and we really enjoyed getting to know you this season!
As many of you know, we here at FICP are partial to having fourth liner Michael Latta in the lineup for the Caps. He is not only an excellent forward for the team, he gets chippy when he needs to and stands up for his teammates. The past two games Latts has had the opportunity to play in he’s gotten in scuffles with opposition. And we’re ok with that!
First was Scott Mayfield:
Next challenger was Clayton Stoner:
According to HockeyFights Michael Latta has had eight fights this season and has won five of those (62.5%)
Down to the Numbers:
Michael Latta played 43 games during the regular season and recorded an NHL career high three goals and four assists. Third behind his roomie Tom Wilson (163) and Captain Alex Ovechkin (53), Latts ended the season with 50 PIM, 18 minutes less than his previous season with the Caps. Before his NHL career, Latta played 52 games for the Caps AHL affiliate Hershey Bears where he earned 14 goals and 20 assists accompanied by 134 PIM in the 13′-14′ season. All this to say Michael Latta knows how to play some hockey and given the chance we think he could be a great asset going forward for the Caps in the playoffs.
The Fourth Line Mash-Up:
This season has been a battle for fourth liners on the Caps. Between the additions of Daniel Winnik, Mike Richards, and a few extra players “just in case,”the fourth line has been a constantly changing force. The usual suspects include:
Daniel Winnik (26), Michael Latta (46), Mike Richards (10), Jay Beagle (83), Stan Galiev (49), and the occasional call-up from Hershey. With ice time being split between this many players it’s crucial for players to step up their game and show the coaches just what they bring to the team.