Odd with the LL cut, clearly sending a msg, not sure if that's good or bad, because he was good out there tonight.
I don't think LL is going to he more than a 3rd liner, and I haven't seen much of him in the AHL but every time I watched him at and NHL level, he has always been good, nothing wow, but making smart plays, winning puck battles along the board.
Even last year during that 1 pre season game, Habs vs Habs, LL looked good in that game even tho he was being benched in the AHL.
Maybe it's his high IQ, or that since being drafted he was had a different team/coach every year, sometimes 3 different coaches in 1 year. But for me he never looks out of place, expect for Ham last year, but I didn't see him of much him there.
The only way I can make sense out of Leblanc being cut is that if the org deems that he was fighting with Bournival for a spot. But that would be a bit dumb, considering LL plays RW (and C), while Bournival plays LW (and C).
I am not against Leblanc but this is being blown out of proportion. He is still in the organization and still has a great opportunity to be a Hab. It depends on how he handles this and there may be factors at work that we know nothing about.
As I said, I hope he plays hard and literally forces the team to recall him from Hamilton sooner rather than later.
Really? One week's work is worth more than a year of work?
You have absolutely no way of knowing that.
It's not like Thomas had an amazing season either... Leblanc in his rookie season was on pace for more points than him. Leblanc's defensive game is a lot better, he wins a good portion of is battles and he's average sized. We already have Briere and Gallagher on the RW, no need to replace our small captain with another small player.