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.
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.
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.