Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Press Release - Habs Assign Louis Leblanc to Hamilton

Canadiens assign Louis Leblanc to the Hamilton Bulldogs

MONTREAL (January 4, 2012) – The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday night that forward Louis Leblanc has been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Recalled from the Bulldogs on November 28, the 6’0'' and 184 lbs centre played 14 games with the Canadiens since being called up, including his first NHL game on November 30 against the Ducks in Anaheim. Leblanc recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) including his first career NHL goal on December 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He registered 16 shots on goal, 17 hits and displayed a +2 plus/minus differential, while playing an average of 9 minutes and 54 seconds per game.

The 20-year old Pointe-Claire, Quebec native posted 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in 14 games thus far with the Bulldogs this season. Leblanc scored two of his goals on the powerplay. He added 48 shots on goal.

The Canadiens’ first round selection, 18th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Leblanc signed a 3-year contract with the Club on July 30, 2010.


This was certainly the right move to make. Leblanc does appear to be ahead of where I think most projected him at this point but none the less he has alot to work on, primarily conditioning.

With that said I was shocked at how well h protects the puck and how hungry he is for the puck. I think my initial reaction is still true and I can see Louis being a really good 3rd line winger who can fill in for spot duty on the second line along the lines of a Clarke McArthur type of player.

None the less our future with Louis looks bright.

On a side note, where do you think Kristo is going to go next season? I just don;t see him as wanting to be [part of this organization and can imagine him signing with the Rangers.


Danny Kristo is having a Point-per-game campaign thus far for UND and has often suited for Team USA. Clearly, he is a decent offensive forward.

While I do not know much about him, I understand your sense that he may not join the Canadiens. Perhaps he could be used in conjunction with other players / prospects in a move down the road.

I think we have no choice but to trade him....damn NCAA loophole.

I would package Kristo, Camalleri and maybe a a 1st round pick for next season and see if we can land a Bobby Ryan or an Eric Staal.

For those of you wondering, Brian La Rose over at does a good job explaining the NCAA loophole (which would allow Kristo to become a UFA)

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