Louis Leblanc at Canadiens development camp on Tuesday.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette
As befits a Harvard man, Louis Leblanc will devote some of his summer to thinking.
The Canadiens’ first draft choice in 2009 has completed his freshman year at great Ivy League university. Leblanc must weigh options that include:
• Returning to the Crimson for a sophomore season
• Playing in the Q, where his rights belong to Chicoutimi
• Turning pro and likely spending a season with the Hamilton Bulldogs
Scrummed at Day 1 of the Canadiens development camp, the highest-drafted player on hand would not commit himself to one course of action or another.
Leblanc, who turned 19 in January, said he would consider pros and cons before deciding what would be best for his development.
His stall neighbour – and former USHL teammate – was more definitive.
“I’m the best right winger in Camp,” Danny Kristo crowed, hastily adding “because there are six centres, five left wings and I’m the only right wing here.”
Chalk up another first-round bust.
David Fischer, the
Canadiens’ top draft choice in 2006 (20th overall, two spots ahead of of
Claude Giroux) has not been invited to camp.
The Canadiens have
until Aug. 15 to sign the University of Minnesota defenceman … or not.
team has released Dman Nicklas Torp, their sixth-round draft choice
(163rd overall) in 2007 and Jason Missiaen, a beanpole goaltender picked
in the fourth round (118) of the 2008 draft.
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Russians aren’t coming, the Russians aren’t coming,
guy Dom Saillant says “let’s put it this way: it’s more complicated to
get them here than others.”
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Fortier schooled Gabriel Dumont.
Also impressive: Louis Leblanc
on Michael Cichy. And Danny Cristo on Tanner House (who edges Hunter
Bishop for Best Name at Camp).
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Worst thing about
coming to Brossard:
On the Champlain Bridge approach, the giant
TekSavvy billboard featuring the smiling face of Georges Laraque.
Guy Boucher is attending to family matters and will not be
at development camp until Thursday.
General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will be here on Friday.
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available at 5 p.m.
Safe bet Louis Leblanc will attract the
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Congrats to good guy Marc De Foy,
locked out Journal de Montrèal beat man, who has won the Elmer Ferguson
Award and election to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
When asked which
cap he’d wear to the HoF ceremony, De Foy said “RueFrontenac, hostie!”