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Louis Leblanc could play his way on to the Canadiens roster.
The Canadiens will dress 12 forwards each night, which leaves two openings up front to start the season.
Travis Moen, George Parros, Gabriel Dumont, Ryan White and perhaps Louis Leblanc will be looking to secure one of those spots in training camp.
Moen was awful last season (six points, minus-four in 45 games) and could (should) find himself traded or waived before the start of the season.
Parros was acquired to add toughness to the Canadiens lineup, and he'll certainly get his fair share of playing time once recovered from a rotator cuff injury. It probably won't be opening night, however.
Dumont played well during his brief time in Montreal last season (three points in 10 games), but he stands just 5'9", and Michel Therrien is probably looking for more size out of his fourth-line center.
This leaves us with White and Leblanc.
White had a disastrous 2013 season that saw him take countless stupid penalties before getting suspended for five games in April. Despite this, Montreal re-signed him this offseason.
It seems that general manager Marc Bergevin wants White in his lineup. He's got the size (6'0", 194 lbs) and plays a physical, gritty game that Montreal desperately needs to go along with its smaller, skilled forwards.
Expect White to get yet another chance to prove he belongs with the Canadiens.
Canadiens fans have been waiting for 2009 first-round pick Louis Leblanc to become a mainstay in the Montreal lineup, and this could be the year it happens.
The 22-year-old bounced in and out of the Canadiens lineup in 2011-12, posting 10 points in 42 games. Injuries during the NHL lockout devastated his chances at cracking the 2013 Habs lineup, and he posted a mere 18 points in 62 games in the AHL last season.
Leblanc is walking a very thin line between still being considered a prospect or a first-round bust. While it was a different regime that drafted him four years ago, the Canadiens brass are still hoping he turns into a useful asset.
Expect Leblanc to be given the chance to prove he does belong at the NHL level.