Thread: News Article: Leblanc's struggles in Hamilton
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01-12-2013, 11:14 PM
Steve Shutt
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Time to take it down a notch - seems like a few people are over-reacting

Leblanc has proven to be adaptable (5 leagues in 4 seasons) everywhere he's played. The kid is only 21 and has been successful in the USHL in Omaha, at Harvard, with Montreal Jr. in the Q, and with Hamilton and Montreal last season. He also represented Canada in the World Juniors in 2011. He's clearly a solid asset and top young talent for Mtl who's having a minor set-back this season after suffering an ankle injury.

The kid needs time to recuperate and Lefebvre has been limiting his ice time and role until he's healthy enough to assume a greater role. His ankle is obviously not 100% ready so he won't be competing for a spot in Montreal's training camp. He needs time to find his game and get back into the swing of things. I'm sure Montreal is monitoring the situation and they feel it's best that he stays down on the farm until he's ready.

Not sure why people are jumping on the fire Lefebvre bandwagon so quickly. The guy was brought in to work with a very young team. The Dogs weren't built to win the Calder Cup that's for sure. Just look at the ages of the guys they have on the team:

Gabriel Dumont 21
Brendan Gallagher 20
Mike Blunden 25
Nathan Beaulieu 19
Michael Bournival 20
Frederic St. Denis 26
Patrick Holland 20
Aaron Palushaj 22
Stephane Chaput24
Joonas Nattinen 21
Steve Quailer 23
Darryl Boyce 28
Morgan Ellis 20
Blake Geoffrion 24
Louis Leblanc 21
Jarred Tinordi 20
Alexander Avtsin 21
Antoine Corbin 20
Joey Tenute 29
Jason DeSantis 26
Joe Stejskal 24
Olivier Fortier 23
Mike Commodore 32
Kyle Hagel 27
Philippe Lefebvre 21
Greg Pateryn 22
Robert Mayer 22

Other than Commodore, who has spent any time in the 'show' that can put points up on the board in the AHL? Bergevin is giving our young guys solid ice time. Who cares if they have a losing record - if in the long run they will be ready for NHL action that much sooner. Don't forget that most of the AHL was stacked this year and a lot of that talent is heading up to the NHL now that the lockout has ended.

There's a lot of media in Montreal and far too often we see some rookie writer trying to cause a controversy by publishing crap like the Leblanc article listed.

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