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08-01-2012, 07:07 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Montreal, QC
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I know you guys are going to call me crazy, but he reminds me a lot of Mike Richards. He never blows you out with speed or dekes you, but he's always at the right place, and distributes the puck very well. They both thrive along the boards and are good finishers.
That's the comparison I had after the draft and I stand by it.
He has the same drive and the same determination that makes the team that much better, he's a winner.
Both are good defensively and both have the same frame.
Once he's filled out, and stronger on skates, I expect Leblanc to deliver pretty good hits.
Leblanc is also a VERY good forechecker, he's annoying. A bugger.
If you look at stats, in his first full season in the NHL Richards had 32 points in 79 games.
While Leblanc wasn't as productive as Richards, I remember him playing with Carter during his rookie year, while Leblanc had to settle with Blunden and Nokelainen on most nights.
I personally expect Leblanc to make the team out of camp, and be on the 3rd line, with Eller and one of Prust/Moen.
He will be used on the 2nd PK pairing with Prust, the 1st one being Pleks and Moen.
He will play around 15 minutes a game.
Not to rain on your parade, but you're hardly the first one to come up with that: Leblanc himself says he models his game after Richards'.
He's missing the mean streak right now. But it would be fantastic if he could turn into a similar player.
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