David Laliberte

Hometown:

St. Jean-Sur-Richelieu Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-03-17

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round, 124th overall 2004 by PHI

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

4th round, 124th overall, 2004 Entry Draft by Philadelphia.

After coming out of the prestigious midget program Les Gaulois du College Antoine-Girouard, Laliberte has completed two seasons with the transient Rocket franchise of the QMJHL, having played in Montreal and Prince Edward Island. It was on the Island that Laliberte’s game took a noticeable offensive step forward. Having seen limited ice time in Montreal, Laliberte graduated to a supporting role on PEI’s scoring lines in 2003-04 and responded with a respectable 21-goal and 22-assist season.

2007-08: Signed with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Talent Analysis
Laliberte has said that he tried to model his style of play after Simon Gagne, and likely the Flyers brass hope he can develop into a poor-man’s version of the Philly Superstar. He has decent hands and offensive vision, as well as a taste for the high traffic areas. However, it is his lack of that top-gear Gagne-style speed that may keep him from turning into a prolific offensive talent.

With improved foot-speed he could develop into a NHL winger.

Future
Despite his own ambitious comparisons to Simon Gagne, Laliberte’s future in the NHL, if he has one, would more likely be on a third or fourth line, grinding it out along the wall, and chipping in offensively when he can. He has decent NHL size and a fair skill set.