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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Louis Leblanc from Montreal in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Leblanc, 23 (1/26/91), has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring (5-5=10) and assists. The 6-0, 180-pound center also appeared in eight games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going scoreless with a +1 rating and four PIM.
The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.
A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money.
No surprises here, although interesting to note that Louis Leblanc and Jarred Tinordi are still in camp (see the press release below).
Reports so far have been that Ian Schultz has looked quite good in camp, although it would take a lot for him to threaten a veteran’s roster spot. No big noise yet from Ben Maxwell or any of the other seasoned Bulldogs pushing for a role on the Habs.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
“If you look at the average age of players in college hockey, (Leblanc) would have been playing against kids from 19 to 25 years old, and now he’s going to be playing against kids from 16 to 20 years old. I think Louis was aware of what I thought was in his best interests, but once he’s come to that decision I support him and wish him the best.”
But (Ted) Donato (Harvard head coach) does have some concern about the pressure Leblanc will face in Montreal.
“I think if there were characteristics that would allow someone to be successful under such a spotlight, I think Louis has some of them,” Donato said. “He’s got great character, he’s a great kid, he’s got a tremendous work ethic. But the fact of the matter is, for different kids it takes different time frames.
“We’ve often talked about having the ability to not only to make the NHL, but to be an impact guy once he gets there and to stay there for a number of years.
“I think it was a case where he felt his development would move along quicker playing outside of the NCAA. I don’t agree with him, but I respect his decision.”
from The Harvard Crimson,
Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.
“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...
In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.
“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”
Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.