Canadiens sign Louis Leblanc

Goodbye to Harvard after one season with the Crimson.

Goodbye Cambridge, Mass. … hello, Montreal Juniors, who traded for his Q rights, sending forward Guillaume Asselin and their 2011 first-round choice in the QMJHL draft to Chicoutimi.

Goodbye, Ivy League economics degree. Hello, $$$ in The Show (if the kid pans out) – and maybe courses at McGill.

The Canadiens’ first-round draft choice in 2009 has signed a three-year contract.

Leblanc will attend the Team Canada juniors’ training camp in Newfoundland from Aug. 4 to 7. The Montreal Juniors’ camp begins Aug. 15.

 

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• The Louis Leblanc playlist (heavy on Lady Gaga)

What Leblanc said at Development Camp

Hockey’s Future scouting report on Leblanc

• An interview Leblanc did while he was at Harvard

• An assessment of Leblanc before his freshman year

• A pre-draft assessment

134 Comments

  1. habs001 says:

    maxpac has not shown any scoring ability at any level of hockey….has about 70 goals in in last 7 years of organized hockey…best we can hope for him is to be a checker/grinder…

  2. TomNickle says:

    You’re forgetting so many things in this post that you put in.

    JaMarcus Russell- Not one scout ever said he was accurate.  Plenty of scouts, coaches and executives were on record as saying that the big arm and no accuracy doesn’t translate well to the NFL.  And then of course there were justified questions about his desire to work once he got paid.

    Alex Smith- Came from a spread offense and was coach by the same man who coached Chris Leak and Tim Tebow.  He still may pan out because he has the tools.  If you want to blame Alex Smith for him having had 3 offensive coordinators in his first 4 seasons in the NFL, go ahead by all means.

    Chris Leak- What round was he drafted in because I don’t remember.  Funny how he came off of the field everytime the Gators got into the red zone so that a freshman could take the snaps.  Perhaps Meyer was a little concerned he might turn the ball over?  Oh, and on the national championship thing.  The only reason he has one is because Jim Tressel in Columbus is one of the few coaches in NCAA football who actually keeps his word on suspensions.  3 of Ohio State’s most important players were given behavioural suspensions just prior to that game, and the coach stuck with his decision.

    Who is McPherson?

    Matthew Stafford is the first overall pick you’re referring to I’m assuming.  And the funny thing about him is that he doesn’t have the skills that Bradford does.  Bradford is undoubtedly the one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the history of college football.  And when your numbers rival Peyton Mannings(none of those other qbs did), you’ve got the goods.

    Bradford has been called the safest pick at QB since Peyton Manning.  And every football player gets hurt numerous times over the course of their careers.

     

  3. observer says:

    And Brady right now is in negotiation for a new deal. But it sure looks like there will be no NFL in 2011 and teams are not spending money like they did before in anticipation of that on veterans. Even though there currently is no salary cap anymore.

  4. observer says:

    Yes and saw him get hurt. I’ve also seen other top college QBs and most don’t live up to what was expected of them. The one Detroit has will be a great one. JaMarcus Russell or Alex Smith of San Fran other #1 overalls who have been disapointing to put it mildly. Als have a pair of pretty good college QBs, Leak and McPherson. Leak even won a national championship with Florida yet neither can even start for the CFL Als. I realize both weren’t 1st round picks.

  5. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Thomas Kaberle

  6. observer says:

    The spelling critique says, “Ryan Leif?” =========== Don’t know what you mean about Leif? Never heard of him except of being an early explorer? Before microsoft even?

  7. TomNickle says:

    I’ll ask you the same thing.  Ever seen Bradford play before?

  8. observer says:

    Say what? With what they charge today only a rich man could afford to get his sick or hurt cat or dog treated by a vet in other words only if you have real money can you even own a cat or dog because of what these vets want.

  9. TomNickle says:

    Hard to take your opinion on football seriously when you consider that….

    a) it’s Ryan Leaf

    and

    b) Peyton Manning had arguably the best statistics for any quarterback in the history of college football, and many experts have made the argument that Bradford’s were better.

    Bradford is a generational talent.  Much like Manning, in the eyes of many.

    How many games of Bradford’s in Oklahoma did you see?

  10. observer says:

    Or Tim Couch or David Carr or many, many other first 5 picks in the NFL draft or goalies in the first 5 picks of the NHL draft?

  11. Mike Boone says:

    No prob. Thanks for the link

  12. New says:

    Naw, the thread will be hijacked like all the others.

  13. santeri says:

    if you ask me veterinarians ought to make the most, anyway. Nothing more valuable than helping out animals which are (in general) most of the time abused, tortured and like some senseless property raised in inhuman conditions only to be killed in a brutal fashion.

  14. K-hab25 says:

    Great Post River!!

  15. spos080808 says:

    Can you explain RAP to me??

  16. GrimJim says:

    Hey Boone,

    I totally messed up in my email. I meant Jay Feaster but utterly misspelled it. My bad.

  17. Former Jets Fan says:

    Free ride?  Athletic scholarships are prohibited in the Ivy League. 

  18. crabvader says:

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Pacioretty. I want to see if he’s going to step it up now that he’s got other youngsters gunning for a roster spot.

  19. Top Corner says:

    copy that

     

    Go Habs Go

  20. badbalance says:

    getting women as a Hab > getting women as a Harvard student….

  21. crabvader says:

    Say what you want about him, this is still one of the nicest saves ever made:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoe4odWVN8M&feature=related

    And here’s a video of the top 15 goals of 09-10 season made by corunguneee (best video guy out there on youtube for habs related stuff):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nmI6BYvQTQ

     

    And yes I’m happy that Leblanc is signed. No more of this 31 game season crap. Hopefully he develops some toughness… The Q won’t help him much in that dept.

  22. habsfansince91 says:

    it’s right outside the bell center


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