Louis Leblanc has gotten a lot of ink lately, mostly because the young Habs’ prospect, drafted 18th overall in 2009, has decided to forego his Harvard education to play junior in Montreal, and also because he was a shining star at Team Canada’s World Junior five-day development camp held recently in St. John’s.
This is a guy who’s Montreal-born, bilingual, smarter than your average bear, well spoken, handsome, committed, with skills that set him apart, at least for five days, from other juniors from across the country.
But I’m holding back, waiting, at least until I see him strut his stuff at the World Juniors in Buffalo at Christmas. We want more than what Guillaume Latendresse gave us at the Worlds in 2005, when this Habs pick didn’t impress anyone and who sat on the bench often. We want Leblanc to take things to another level.
We’ll see how Leblanc does against premier talent from other hockey nations. It’ll be incredibly interesting. But don’t forget, he doesn’t come with a huge resume – one year with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League where he tallied 59 points in 60 games, and one year at Harvard where he had 23 points in 31 games.
These aren’t Guy Lafleur junior numbers we’re talking about, who re-wrote the record books with the Quebec Remparts, racking up 397 points in 218 games. But we want Mr. Leblanc to be Guy Lafleur anyway because we’re greedy bastards.
Can you imagine how a Montreal-born bilingual young gun would be embraced by Habs fans if he became the real deal? Look at him and PK Subban as the future.
Please hockey gods, allow young Louis to skate like the wind, find the twine often, and in upcoming years listen to the cheers of 20,000 fans at the Molson Centre. Let him be the next the big thing wearing the proud colours of a proud hockey team.
Habs fans deserve it.
Not to put any pressure on the young Leblanc, of course.