|Assets:||A sound playmaker, he is creative with the puck and fairly strong in terms of his lower-body strength and agility. Also has a feisty attitude and two-way game awareness.|
|Flaws:||Could stand to shoot the puck more, so as to keep defenses honest (since he looks to pass first and foremost). Also needs to improve his overall checking ability.|
|Career Potential:||Playmaking center with upside.|
|7/01/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Washington Capitals to a two-year contract.|
|6/30/2014||Washington Capitals tendered a qualifying offer.|
|2/21/2014||Assigned to the Hershey Bears (AHL).|
|2/20/2014||Recalled from the Hershey Bears (AHL).|
|1/11/2014||Missed 11 games (lower body injury).|
|1/11/2014||Assigned to the Hershey Bears (AHL).|
|12/17/2013||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/15/2013||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|11/30/2013||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|10/30/2013||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|10/11/2013||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|10/08/2013||Recalled from Hershey (AHL).|
|10/03/2013||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|4/03/2013||Acquired from the Nashville Predators.|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/25/2011||Assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|4/04/2011||Re-assigned to Milwaukee (AHL).|
|9/21/2010||Returned to his junior team (Guelph-OHL).|
|4/16/2010||Signed by the Nashville Predators to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|4/13/2010||Signed by the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) to a amateur tryout contract.|
|9/16/2009||Returned to his junior team (Guelph-OHL).|
|4/03/2013||Washington Capitals traded Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.|
|6/27/2009||Drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 3rd round (72nd overall) in 2009.|
Michael Latta re-signs with Washington | 07/01/2014 1:45 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have re-signed center Michael Latta to a two-year contract.
Capitals give Michael Latta qualifying offer | 06/30/2014 10:02 AM
NewsThe Washington Capitals have given center Michael Latta a qualifying offer.
ImpactThe Capitals also qualified Edward Pasquale, Cam Schilling and Nate Schmidt while Nicolas Deschamps, Brett Flemming and Peter LeBlanc did not receive a qualifying offer and will become UFA's.
Capitals assign Michael Latta to the AHL | 01/11/2014 1:28 PM
NewsMichael Latta has been assigned to AHL Hershey.
ImpactHis last appearance with the Capitals came on Dec. 15 when he suffered a lower-body injury against Philadelphia. Latta had been on injured reserve so he'll work himself back into game shape in the minors.
Washington puts Michael Latta on IR list | 12/17/2013 12:54 PM
NewsMichael Latta (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactLatta sustained the ailment on Sunday. As a result of this move, he's expected to miss at least three contests.
Michael Latta leaves game in third period | 12/16/2013 10:26 AM
NewsMichael Latta suffered a lower body injury in the third period Sunday and did not return.
ImpactThe good news is that coach Adam Oates expects him to practice Monday morning. Latta was recalled before the game Sunday. His value in fantasy pools is in the penalty minute category and he had a fighting major Sunday before the injury. He has a goal and four points in 17 games this season with 12 minutes in the sin bin.
Capitals recall Michael Latta on Sunday | 12/15/2013 3:02 PM
NewsThe Washington Capitals recalled Michael Latta and sent Nate Schmidt to the AHL on Sunday.
Katie Carrera on Twitter
ImpactNeither has fantasy value at this point in their careers, so JFYI.
Capitals return Michael Latta to the minors | 11/30/2013 2:18 PM
NewsMichael Latta has been returned to the minors.
ImpactWashington made the move after bringing up defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Saturday. In 16 games this year, Latta has four points and he's averaged under eight minutes of ice time.
Michael Latta gets first NHL goal | 11/16/2013 11:46 AM
NewsMichael Latta scored his first NHL goal on Friday in the Capitals 4-3 shootout win over Detroit.
ImpactLatta's goal tied the game at three and sent it into overtime and then the shootout. He knocked home a rebound after goaltender Jimmy Howard made the original save. "It was definitely nice to get it when it mattered so much, not a 7-0 game," Latta said. "He comes out and charges the puck a lot, so when [Joel Ward] put it back to the 'D' I just thought get to the net and hope. It bounced right on my stick. I'll take a lot of those." Latta now has three points and seven penalty minutes in 10 games.
Capitals promote Michael Latta | 10/30/2013 11:34 AM
NewsMichael Latta has been called up by the Washington Capitals.
ImpactLatta has four points and 25 penalty minutes in six AHL games this season. If he plays consistently on the Capitals' third or fourth line then he might be worth a look if your team is desperate for penalty minutes.
Michael Latta heads to the minors | 10/11/2013 1:10 PM
NewsMichael Latta will report to AHL Hershey.
Mike Vogel on Twitter
ImpactLatta has no points in two games with the Capitals this season. If he ever earns a regular spot on an NHL team, he might be a good source of penalty minutes.
Michael Latta to center fourth line Thursday | 10/10/2013 1:19 PM
NewsMichael Latta will center Washington's fourth line Thursday night.
ImpactHe will play between Martin Erat and Tom Wilson in the contest, which will bump Jay Beagle to the press box. Latta hasn't played with the Capitals since the team's season opener.
Washington promotes Michael Latta | 10/08/2013 12:20 PM
NewsMichael Latta has been called up by the Washington Capitals.
ImpactLatta practiced alongside Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson. Before you get too excited though, Latta was just filling in for Nicklas Backstrom, whose girlfriend gave birth Tuesday morning. Washington doesn't play again until Thursday, so Latta might end up being sent down without playing in a single game.
Capitals assign Michael Latta to AHL | 10/03/2013 3:37 PM
NewsMichael Latta has been assigned to the minors.
ImpactThe Capitals sent him down after claiming defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers. Latta made his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Blackhawks and he got 6:04 of ice time. He'll probably be back up with the big club at some point this season.
Michael Latta still with the Capitals | 09/29/2013 11:00 AM
NewsMichael Latta has impressed the Washington Capitals and has a chance to stick with the team heading into the regular season.
ImpactLatta was acquired from the Predators along with Martin Erat at the trade deadline as Filip Forsberg headed the other way. Latta is a chippy player and a good penalty killer and the Capitals hope that he can fill the spot vacated by Matt Hendricks last season. "He?Ts going to play here whether right now or in the near future. He brings something to this team," GM George McPhee said. "He did a good job in Boston being able to pick off passes, having his stick in the right places, and be in the right places to block shots." Latta's status is up in the air at this time and it looks as if he will start the season in the minors but he could be a nice source of penalty minutes and a few points when he eventually debuts in the NHL.
Could Michael Latta fill Hendricks' role now? | 07/10/2013 12:11 PM
NewsMichael Latta hopes to fill Matt Hendricks' role on the Capitals.
ImpactWith Hendricks signing in Nashville, Latta, who was included in the Martin Erat trade at the deadline, sees a big opportunity. "I see [Hendricks] leave and I'm sure a lot of Caps fans are kind of upset," Latta said. "I heard nothing but good things about him as a guy. But he leaves and maybe that opens up a spot for me. You never know. It's nice for me personally and selfishly that he's gone, but we'll see. Hopefully, I can do what he did." In 76 games in the AHL, Latta had 38 points and 198 penalty minutes.
Preds ship Michael Latta to Washington | 04/03/2013 5:18 PM
NewsMichael Latta has been acquired by Washington, along with Martin Erat, in exchange for Filip Forsberg.
The Nashville Tennessean
ImpactLatta has racked up 35 points and 184 minutes in the sin bin in 67 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL this season. He was originally taken in the third round of the 2009 draft by Nashville, but now he'll continue to develop in Washington's system.
|Goals||1||at Det||Nov 15|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Nov 27|
|Points||1||4 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Nov 27|
|Penalty Minutes||7||vs. Fla||Nov 2|
|Plus/Minus||1||4 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Nov 27|
|Power Play Goals||0||17 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Dec 15|
|Power Play Points||0||17 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Dec 15|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||17 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Dec 15|
|Shorthanded Points||0||17 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Dec 15|
|Shots||1||6 times-last:at Det||last:Nov 15|
|Penalty Minutes||12||2013-14 (Wsh)|
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