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06-09-2009, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CraigDarby View Post
Doubtful. Esposito caused such a stir because he was at one point considered a top-3/5 pick. He also had a fair amount of success in the Q with the Remparts who won the memorial cup, and made the press before even playing a game by holding the US College route over potential drafters, making it clear he would only play for a team he approved of. Leblanc shunned the Q to go play in the USHL, has sort of come out of nowhere, and is headed to Harvard next year. Even the RDS clips had nothing special of him, just some shoddy skating and some ambiguous interview with Timmins.

This is too solid a draft for the Quebec "issue" to come into play. Hopefully all media outlets see it that way.

So, it's all right if any other teams draft Leblanc before the Habs' pick, but it is forbidden for the Habs to draft him at number 18 because he is a local boy ?

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