Loic Leduc
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Loic Leduc

Hometown:

Mercier Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-06-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

4th round (103rd overall), 2012

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Loic Leduc appeared in two midget major games – seeing limited ice time for Cheateauguay Patriotes – and played the bulk of the season for Patriotes in Midget Espoir in Beauharnois. He was selected by Cape Breton in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2010-11: Leduc skated in 36 games for Cape Breton in his first QMJHL season. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-14 with 27 penalty minutes. The Screaming Eagles reached the playoffs despite finishing last in the Maritimes Division and winning just 18 games.  Leduc skated in 2 of 4 games in Cape Breton’s first round series with eventual champion Saint John and was minus-two with no points or penalty minutes.

2011-12: Leduc played in 65 of 68 games for Cape Breton in his second season. He was minus-3 with 2 goals and 8 assists and was third on the Screaming Eagles with 99 penalty minutes. Cape Breton finished fifth in the six-team Maritimes Division and once again ran into Memorial Cup-bound Saint John in the first round. In four playoff games Leduc was minus-nine with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. Leduc was ranked 209th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Leduc played in 38 games for Cape Breton in his third QMJHL season; suffering a season-ending “lower body” injury at the end of December. Playing on a Screaming Eagles team that had the league’s worst record, he had 2 assists and was minus-30 with 50 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Leduc attended training camp with the Islanders before returning to Cape Breton for his fourth QMJHL season and was acquired by Rimouski in exchange for a 2014 second round draft pick at the end of December. In 37 games with Cape Breton he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-6 with 58 penalty minutes. Leduc skated in 26 regular season games for Rimouski and scored 3 goals with 4 assists; finishing plus-7 with 44 penalty minutes. The Oceanic finished second in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs; losing 8-7 in overtime to Blainville-Boisbriand in the decisive seventh game of their series. Leduc had 2 assists and was plus-9 with 27 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders in April 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Leduc is a towering blue liner who uses his frame to his advantage. Surprisingly mobile for such a large player, he is at his best when focusing on a simple, no nonsense, defense-first game. Leduc showed tenacity and determination in working his way back from his season-ending injury in 2012-13 and was a physical force for Rimouski in his final QMJHL season. He is capable of playing plenty of minutes in a shutdown role.

Future

Leduc attended Islanders training camp before being assigned to the ECHL's Stockton Thunder to start the 2014-15 season. One of two 20-year-olds with the Thunder to start the year, he skated in the team's first 14 games and was seeing full-time minutes. Stockton struggled early in the year and was battling to escape the Pacific Division cellar. With several defense prospects ahead of him in the Islanders system Leduc faces an uphill climb to reach the NHL when the team moves to Brooklyn. One positive is his youth plus the fact that with his size and tenacious style he could be a compliment to some of the skill guys and puck handlers among the Islanders defense prospects.

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