A quintessential role player, Latta is a gritty wing whose job mainly consists of delivering hits, being responsible defensively and, when called upon, standing up for teammates. At 6 feet and 207 pounds, Latta is not the biggest player to serve in that role, but he is willing and able to fill it.
A third-round pick (No. 72) of the Nashville Predators in the 2009 NHL Draft, Latta was traded with Martin Erat to the Washington Capitals on April 3, 2013, for Filip Forsberg. He made his NHL debut in the Capitals' season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1, 2013, and had one shot, one hit and three faceoff wins over 6:04 of ice time. Latta got his first NHL point with an assist on Nov. 2, 2013, against the Florida Panthers in his fourth NHL game. His first NHL goal tied the score in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 15, 2013 before the Capitals won in a shootout.