The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The 23-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que. was selected by Montreal in the first round (18th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but never really got a chance to prove himself with the big club. Considered a long shot to ever make the team the past couple of seasons, Leblanc had 10 points in 50 career games with Montreal.
“After three seasons with the Canadiens organization we felt that moving forward the best option for Louis and our organization was to give him the opportunity to pursue his career with another team,” Bergevin said a statement on the team’s website. “Throughout his entire stay with our organization Louis showed great professionalism and a constant desire to improve. We thank him for his contribution and wish him success for the continuation of his career.”
A high-ankle sprain slowed his progress during his time in Hamilton, and his attitude towards playing in a bottom six role didn’t appear to help his cause. Leblanc recorded 68 points in 163 American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs didn’t also give the team any reason to give him an extended look in the National Hockey League.
Leblanc is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.
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