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Habs Call Up Louis Leblanc

BUFFALO NY - Louis Leblanc last year during the World Hockey Championship. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BUFFALO NY - Louis Leblanc last year during the World Hockey Championship. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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As predicting by CTV's Brian Wilde hours earlier, the Montreal Canadiens have called up their 2009 first round draft pick, Louis Leblanc from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Leblanc has been the most consistent player on the Bulldogs for the past couple of weeks. The move was necessary due to Max Pacioretty being suspended for 3 games for his hit to the head on Kris Letang.

Leblanc's biggest asset is strong board play in the offensive zone, so look for him to get some favourable zone starts from Jacques Martin.



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ANAHEIM -- The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that forward Louis Leblanc has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

In his first season at the professional level, the 20-year old centerman ranks tied for second on the Bulldogs with four goals and 10 points in 14 games so far this season. Leblanc scored two of his goals on the powerplay and added 48 shots on goal.

The 6-foot, 184-pound Pointe-Claire native recorded 58 points (26 goals and 32 assists) along with 100 penalty minutes in 51 games with the QMJHL Montreal Junior in 2010-11.

The Canadiens’ first round selection, 18th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Leblanc signed a 3-year contract with the club on July 30, 2010.