Drew LeBlanc
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Drew LeBlanc


Hermantown Minnesota

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Free agent signing, 2013


194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2006-07: Drew LeBlanc played as a junior for Hermantown H.S. where he came back and set a new high for points in a season with 90 (he set the record the year before with 83 points). Left Hermantown program ranked second in career points (199), third in goals scored (79) and first for assists (120). After high school, LeBlanc joined Chicago in the USHL for the remainder of the season. He was NHL draft eligible, but wasn’t selected in Columbus.

2007-08: LeBlanc returned to the Steel for his first full season in the USHL. Played for Team USA at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge. Named to Eastern Division team for the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game.

2008-09: LeBlanc scored eight goals and seven assists in his freshman season, appearing in all 38 games for the St. Cloud State Huskies. He scored 11 of his 15 points after mid-January, including his first career hat trick at the college level in a four-point performance at Colorado College on January 24th.

2009-10: As a sophomore at St. Cloud State, LeBlanc scored six goals and 25 assists in 43 games. After scoring seven points leading into the holiday break, LeBlanc broke out with 24 points in his last 25 games after the break. The Huskies earned the third seed in the WCHA tournament, but it took an overtime goal from LeBlanc in the third game of their series against Minnestoa State to put the team in the WCHA Final Five. St. Cloud lost to North Dakota in the finals but still earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament field. LeBlanc assisted on his team’s first goal and the goal in the second overtime session in their opening round win over Northern Michigan. The Huskies were ultimately elminated by Wisconsin in the West Regional final. LeBlanc was named to the 2010 All-WCHA Academic Team and WCHA Scholar Athlete selections.

2010-11: LeBlanc paced St. Cloud State with 39 points in 38 games as a junior. His 13 goals and 26 assists each tied for the team lead. The performance earned him All-WCHA Third Team in addition to repeat nods on the All-WCHA Academic Team and as an WCHA Scholar Athlete. The Huskies were ousted from the first round of the WCHA Tournament by the eventual National Champions, the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Leblanc attended the summer prospect camp of the Chicago Blackhawks, who tendered him a contract, but he opted to return to St. Cloud.

2011-12: The senior was named captain at St. Cloud going into the 2011-12 season. Again off to a point-per-game pace in his senior season with two goals and 12 points in his first 10 games, LeBlanc suffered a compound fracture of his left leg in a game against Wisconsin in November, 2011 and was forced to miss the rest of the season. He was again named to the All-WCHA Academic team and WCHA Scholar Athlete selections. He skated at the Minnesota Wild’s development camp in 2012.

2012-13: Granted a medical redshirt, Drew LeBlanc again wore the ‘C’ for St. Cloud in his super-senior campaign. He was the catalyst for the Huskies offense, leading the team in assists (37) and points (50) while appearing in all 42 games. St. Cloud finished the regular season atop the WCHA but lost to a redhot Wisconsin team in the semi-finals at the Final Five tournament. The Huskies received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and swept the Midwest Regional with decisive wins over Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio), earning a trip to Pittsburgh for the school’s first Frozen Four appearance. They fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the tournament’s top-seeded team, in the Frozen Four semi-final. The next day, LeBlanc was named the Hobey Baker Award winner and signed to a one year entry-level contract by the Chicago Blackhawks. He was also named to the All-America West First Team and was named the WCHA Player of the Year, All-WCHA First Team, and WCHA Scholar Athlete.

2013-14: Leblanc was one of two players along with center Mark McNeill to skate in all 76 games for Blackhawks AHL affiliate Rockford. In his first pro season he scored 7 goals with 15 assists and was minus-4 with 18 penalty minutes. The IceHogs missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

 2014-15: LeBlanc saw limited ice time in his second season with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs — frequently sitting out as a healthy scratch in the second half of the season. In 41 games he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes. The IceHogs finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs but Leblanc did not dress for any playoff games. He was not tendered a qualifying offer by Chicago and signed a one year contract with Augsburger of Germany’s DEL in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

LeBlanc is a playmaking center that plays an intelligent two-way game. He is a skilled stick-handler and passer with offensive vision. LeBlanc’s skating is a bit subpar for an NHL player and at times struggles to create offense against the bigger, stronger players in pro hockey the way he did in college. His decision-making is a strength and he can read the play. LeBlanc's playmaking ability is his strong suit but he also scored goals during his college career. LeBlanc does have the ability to control the puck at full speed but struggled in making the jump from college to pro hockey. He will look to get his career back on track in Germany.  


LeBlanc will look to jump start his career with Augsburger Panther in Germany in 2015-16 after a frustrating season with the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate Rockford. A dominant playmaker and scorer while at St. Cloud State, he did not have that same success either with Chicago or with the IceHogs. On the plus side, he is regarded as a hard worker and a solid teammate so there could be some NHL potential in an organization that is not as deep as the Blackhawks. It is equally likely that the 26-year-old spends the rest of his career either in Europe or at the minor pro level.

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