Drew LeBlanc
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Drew LeBlanc

Hometown:

Hermantown Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-06-29

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

 

 

Talent Analysis

LeBlanc is a 6’0, 195-pound playmaking center that plays an intelligent two-way game. He also possesses some of the best hands in all of college hockey. His superb passing skills and great vision allow him to make plays that few other collegians can make. And it’s an attribute that hasn’t been lost on scouts, either. LeBlanc’s decision-making is excellent. He makes few mistakes and thinks the game remarkably well. He also has the ability to make those around him better. Although LeBlanc is known more for his playmaking ability, he has shown a knack for scoring timely goals, as well. One attribute that sets LeBlanc apart from many other collegiate players is his ability to create time and space for his teammates. He can control the tempo of the game and, with his tremendous patience with the puck, can allow teammates the time get into the best possible positions. LeBlanc is an excellent skater that moves exceedingly well with the puck. While he isn’t exceedingly fast, LeBlanc does have good speed, acceleration and can transition quickly. LeBlanc, who is one of St. Cloud State’s co-captains, also possesses strong leadership qualities.

 

Future

LeBlanc is back with Chicago AHL affiliate Rockford to start his second pro season. Over-shadowed by some of the high profile scoring talent drafted by Chicago in recent years, the former Hobey Baker award winner has played a steady, two-way role for the IceHogs thus far in his career. Whether he can produce the type of offense he did at the college level remains to be seen.

 

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