Leblanc himself said Mike Richards is his favorite player and he tries to model his game after him... so there you go!
Trying to model his game to Richards doesn't mean he will succeed at it. He could've said Mario Lemieux is his favourite player ever but he will never resemble Mario no matter how hard he tries. Richard's grit and heart is what puts him over the top. Its the type of characteristic that some just have and some just don't. Leblanc has heart and grit but does he have it at the same level as Richards. Thats what makes Richards so much more effective.
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