Today the Montreal Canadiens signed their first round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft Louis Leblanc. The Habs drafted Leblanc 18th overall in 2009. Leblanc played the 08-09 season with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he amassed 28 goals and 59 points in 60 GP. Last season Leblanc played for the Harvard Crimson of the ECAC where the 6’1’’ 186 lbs centre racked up 11 goals and 23 points in 31 games. Those totals were good enough for Leblanc to win Ivy League rookie of the year.
With the Canadiens signing Leblanc to the 3 year entry level contract he is eligible to play in the NHL or AHL next season. However it is unlikely Leblanc makes the roster of either the Habs or Bulldogs as the Canadiens organization would rather he mature by playing another year of Junior Hockey.