Louis Leblanc!

To the surprise of no one – least of all 12,700 noisy fans at the Bell Centre – the Canadiens take homeboy Louis Leblanc with the 18th pick of the draft’s opening round.

He’s off to Harvard this fall, but Leblanc projects as a heady, two-way forward in the NHL.

Bob Gainey described Leblanc as “intelligent, very competitive, with good skills and the opportunity to get better and get bigger.”

Trevor Timmins says Leblanc “participates in all aspects of the game, offensively and defensively … he gets his nose dirty in the corners and he’s a natural scorer.”

Four Quebecers were selected in the draft’s opening round: Leblanc, Jordan Caron by Boston, Philippe Paradis by Carolina and the last pick of the round, Simon Despres by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The draft’s second round begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Canadiens have no second-round selections.

777 Comments

  1. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Haha…Bettman made a joke.

  2. nightmare_49 says:

    Pronger may be traded to philly?

  3. Chuck says:

    That would cause thousands of dollars of improvements to their arena.

  4. yathehabsrule says:

    There will be a riot if they don’t!

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  5. Chorske says:

    Man, more people in Long Island than at any point in recent history.

    I’d pick Tavares for that reason alone.

  6. ooder says:

    here is the link for anybody who doesnt have tsn or versus or wtvr:

    http://venividivun.com/tv/template_live.php?ida=120


    we need a kovalev

  7. Chuck says:

    Pronger to Flyers? Hmmm…

  8. vaya_ says:

    pronger to philly per darren dreger?

  9. Chorske says:

    Holy CRAP, look at all the people. MTL is awesome.

  10. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Imagine the ridiculousness these guys are going to have tonight? Drafted into pro sports, then party in Montreal?

  11. Chorske says:

    heheh, yeh, here I am talking like Homer but the truth is I do 90% of the cooking around here. I wear the apron in this household. it’s better for everyone that way. 😉

  12. yathehabsrule says:

    I’m cooking solo while the gf is at work – I can enjoy the draft without a real life edition of “Pardon the Interruption.”….lol  kidding hun!

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  13. yathehabsrule says:

    Heatly deal: “It’s dead” according to Bryan Murray

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  14. Chorske says:

    LOL, yeah! Perfect evening ahead: draft, a pint of cider, and my girlfriend is making steak sandwiches and arrugula salad for dinner. With BACON! I love that woman.

  15. Chorske says:

    Why is this a buzzkill?

    I swear, my world will NOT end if Vinny doesn’t come to MTL.

  16. yathehabsrule says:

    But at least we can have a beer while we watch it! Speaking of…my steak is on the bbq….

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  17. nightmare_49 says:

    s – With Tampa having the 2nd overall pick they want to make a splash for their fans so don’t expect them to announce a Vinnie move till Sunday at the earliest.

  18. Chorske says:

    Mike: jealous here. Sounds like the place has great energy tonight.

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I, of course, want Vin if we don’t over-pay unnecessarily …yet think if He goes anywhere besides Montreal …it will be Los Angeles

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  20. sidhu says:

    Oh no….

    Dregger: “Ducks and Flyers in serious discussion over Chris Pronger.”


  21. sidhu says:

    Hey maybe we’ll get Nathan Horton today, if all is quiet on the Vinny front.  (I’m trying to be optimistic here!)

  22. PattyBoy31 says:

    Just because Lecavalier is off the draft trade table doesn’t mean we aren’t going to get another impact player :) :) Stay positive! I just want someone who can give the habs a player in the 90s for my nhl 10 franchise on ps3

  23. yathehabsrule says:

    A good source informs me that some HIO posters may have some nasty intestinal discharge soon.

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  24. nightmare_49 says:

     … Mr.Boone , is it true Brian Burke does push ups beside his draft table  30 minutes before the draft, lol. BTW a scoop from Team 990 , the negotiations between the Habs and Komo’s agent went quiet well this week and they will talk after the draft. Bob don’t blow your money, please.

  25. PattyBoy31 says:

    Sounds a  bit eroctic I agree, and I want Eklund and Eroticism to have no pissble connections

  26. yathehabsrule says:

    Lawton said on OTR that nothing is happening on the Vinny trade front.

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  27. Lafrich says:

    I hope there is no one around to feel…er…smell that impact…

  28. Lafrich says:

    Thanks…moron.

  29. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    I’ve selected: italian sausage with olives. I’m pretty sure it’ll have immediate impact.

  30. Ayan_SB says:

    Not a good idea to use the words “ass” and “sucked” in the same sentence.

  31. PattyBoy31 says:

    Buzzkill is an understatement. Damn you Eklund!!! I know he’s always pulling stuff out of his a$$ but I still get sucked in.

  32. sidhu says:

    Bob McKenzie says Vinny and Heatley will not be moved at the draft, though Kaberle likely will.  He says movement will likely happy when the draft gets going and players on teams’ lists are still available.  He said he isn’t holding his breath.

    What a buzzkill!

    Meanwhile, Pierre McGuire says [insert player’s name here] is a monster and that [insert player’s name here] is outstanding.

  33. ProHabs says:

    Boone, what is the buzz on the floor. Give us something. Make up a trade it you have to. I’m busting here.

  34. Ayan_SB says:

    I hear Kids by MGMT playing in the Bell Centre, great song.

  35. yathehabsrule says:

    Team 990 claim a Tampa source said the LeCavalier deal will NOT happen during the draft…Also mention that Bouwmeester’s rights are already being moved.

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  36. ParrySoundHabber says:

    anybody table hopping down there Booner? are the phones busy?

    I should be mowing the lawn since we’ve got a breeze ( damned mosquitos have been soooo bad) instead i’m blogging while i wait…lmao

  37. punkster says:

    You telling us there’s no beer being served there? What kind of two-bit operation is this? Hang in there Mike.

  38. tony d says:

    THIS JUST IN… MY PEPPERONI PIZZA

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on YOUR marks …get SET …….

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  40. Ayan_SB says:

    Just in case anyone’s wondering where to watch the draft online, here’s a link, although it’s in French.

    http://www.rds.ca/direct/

    Check on tsn.ca in a bit, they may have a live link.

  41. yathehabsrule says:

    Ducks still need to sign Niedermayer though

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  42. sidhu says:

    Darren Dreger: sources tell TSN Scott Niedermayer is returning for at least another season.

    So long Pronger!

  43. ButJohnnyLovesHockey says:

    After doing tons and tons of rumour reading about Lecavalier:

    I don’t think he’s coming. Not today, not ever. Sorry guys.


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