The Montreal Canadiens have announced last week that, unless needed in case of injury, Louis Leblanc will now continue his development with the Hamilton Bulldogs as a full-time winger.
The Pointe-Claire, Québec native is a fine two-way player and the full-time transition to the wing makes sense. Leblanc is a capable skater with a bit of an edge to his game who should develop into a solid defensive-minded winger with the big club. This switch also means that the Montreal brass like Blake Geoffrion as a center moving forward.
It’s worth noting that Leblanc has had trouble with injuries for the past few years now and this season has been no exception. Leblanc suffered an ankle sprain on October 20th and skated this week for the first time since the injury. He should be ready to get back in the Hamilton lineup within a week or two.
What does this mean?
Leblanc has a great shot to be an everyday member of the Canadiens in a defensive third line role in 2013, but still needs to improve his two-way game in Hamilton to ensure that happens.