Louis Leblanc
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Louis Leblanc

Hometown:

Kirkland Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

1st round (18th overall), 2009

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: This was Louis Leblanc’s first season with the Lac St. Louis Lions (AAA Minor Midget), a 40 game campaign that resulted in 49 points (31g+18a).

2007-08: In 43 games with the Lac St. Louis Lions (AAA Minor Midget), Leblanc netted 54 goals and 91 points, which nearly doubled his output from last season.

2008-09: This was Leblanc’s first season with the Omaha Lancers (USHL), a 60 game campaign that resulted in 28 goals and 59 points. He also racked up 78 penalty minutes and was named the league’s Rookie of the Year and received an All-Rookie Team nod. Expect to see the new Hab prospect with the Harvard Crimson (CCHA) next season.

2011-12: Leblanc finally played his first professional game on October 27th, after starting the season on the injured reserve list while recovering from shoulder surgery. The young rookie forward scored four goals along with six assists in 14 AHL games before being recalled by the Canadiens to replace a suspended Max Pacioretty. He saw extensive time in Montreal, scoring five goals along five assists and a good plus three rating in 42 NHL games. During his times in Hamilton, he scored 11 goals (two on the power play) with 11 assists and an okay minus 10 rating in 31 AHL games for a weak Bulldogs' team.

2012-13: Leblanc spent the entire season in the AHL after playing 42 games with Montreal the previous year. In 62 games with Hamilton he scored 10 goals with 8 assists and was -18 with 53 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the North Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Leblanc has the hockey smarts, the physical grit and versatility to play on the wing or at center within the team’s top-nine forwards. He will need to continue developing of his overall game while adding more muscle to his thin frame and increase his skating speed in order to play in the NHL. He projects as a two-way forward that could play anywhere in the top-nine in the NHL level.
 

Future

Leblanc might compete for a spot on the Canadiens' roster out of training camp and could be an injury replacement call-up but he must stay healthy for the full season. It would probably be more beneficial for his development and confidence to play another full year at the AHL level in Hamilton.
 

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