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07-17-2010, 03:58 PM
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If you play in a lesser league so to speak and rarely play against skilled teams, you can't push your talent to the max.
He probably has the most potential of any player going to Harvard, but still, they play against mostly other schools that are more for academics rather than sports.
You need to be pushed, to go over your limit in order to do better.
Havard played around one third of their games against some of the top teams in the NCAA as they do every year. It's not like the ECAC doesn't get a number of NHL draft picks each year as well. As for playing against other schools that are more for academics, there's only 5 other teams in the NCAA that are in that boat. Cornell, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton and Brown. Brown hasnt been the same since they lost their best player in Yann Danis (last time they were any good) Cornell is always good and always seems to have a few NHL draft picks (I spoke to their D coach and head scout, they really like the BCHL, hence guys like O'Byrne and the newly signed Brandon Nash) Yale has had it's ups and downs but has been very good the past couple of seasons. Princeton was a joke in the league much like Brown but started to turn things around but disappointed last year. Dartmouth used to be stronger and have one of the better coaches in the NCAA but have struggled the past few years. That's just the ivy teams. Clarkson has had some good years until recently, Union is coming off a season where they were ranked in the top 20 much of the year, St.Lawrence has had some decent teams, Colgate as well.
Overall I think too much is being made of this, 2 years in the ECAC shouldn't hurt Leblanc at all, granted it's not the HE, or WHCA, but Havard always plays at least a handful of games against the top teams. If he goes back to Havard, hopefully he makes Team Canada and then turns pro when Havard's season is over.
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