24-Year-Old Center – Washington Capitals
Michael Latta Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Capitals on a two-year, $1.15 million contract in July 2014.
Latta (upper body) is healthy but will not play Thursday night against the Canucks, per Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
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Reunited with the coaches of the Predators organization that drafted him, Latta will took to build on last yearís solid campaign with Hershey in the AHL. The gritty center has all the tools to be a regular on the fourth-line in Washington this year, and could emerge as the anchor on the teamís bottom-six for years to come. Still, his limited offensive upside (one goal, three assists in 17 games last season) makes him a reach except in leagues that reward hits and penalty minutes. Latta will be a valuable role-player for the Caps, but has yet to blossom into a reliable fantasy performer.
Acquired in the Martin Erat trade, Latta is a depth forward with little fantasy value outside of leagues that reward PIM. Latta had 38 points and 198 PIM in 76 AHL games last season. He will be given every chance to make the team as an enforcer but will likely shuttle back and forth between Washington and Hershey (AHL) this year.
In 2009-10, his first full season with the OHL's Guelph Storm, Latta scored 73 points (33G, 40A) in 58 games, and added 157 PIMs. Overall, Latta is a smallish forward but plays much bigger than his 5'11' frame would suggest. He's not afraid to get his nose dirty by digging in the corners and going hard to the net. What he lacks in pure skill he more than makes up in hustle and heart. Latta will likely make the jump to Milwaukee for the 2010-2011 season, but is not expected to see any time at the NHL level.