Originally posted on Habsblog  |  Last updated 12/28/11
It was the World Junior tournament that made me think of Louis Leblanc following yesterday’s 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. A year ago Leblanc was the sole representative for the Canadiens organization on Team Canada. He acquitted himself nicely. He scored 7 points in 7 games and while he had to settle for Silver in Canada’s defeat by Russia, he cemented his name among the very best juniors in the game. With the start of another World Junior tournament it is worth noting how far Leblanc (20) has come is such a short time. Last season Leblanc put up 58 points in 51 games with the Junior Canadiens. While his junior stats don’t exactly stack up to say Brendan Gallagher (who has 46 points in 28 games with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL), Leblanc has emerged as a defensively responsible winger with the offensive tools to be an above average scorer. Leblanc’s AHL career started with a stutter as he missed a month of action due to a summer shoulder surgery. In 14 games with the Bulldog...
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