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07-02-2012, 12:59 PM
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where does Leblanc fit in this puzzle ?

I like his upside but he is not an ideal bottom 6 on this team

unless some changes happen he will be stuck playing limited minutes with players with limited offensive abilities

no point going to the minors , something has to give to keep on this roster

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I think he plays a key role in hamilton this year. It should be a staked team and he can learn to dominate and try next year as the odd call up.
I'd rather he stay there and play meaningful hockey than stay up in Montreal and stay in the press box.

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07-02-2012, 01:01 PM
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I want him to play an offensive role with the dogs in the AHL to develop his offensive skills. Like Pacioretty a few years ago..

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He should start in Hamilton. He'll get plenty of games in Montreal when injuries hit.

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he will play in the AHL

he will be one of the 1st call-ups when injuries occur

he will likely replace armstrong in a year.

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I like his upside but he is not an ideal bottom 6 on this team

unless some changes happen he will be stuck playing limited minutes with players with limited offensive abilities

no point going to the minors , something has to give to keep on this roster

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Again, this is the problem with the Habs fans and organization for the past 20 years. They always think the current team has to put a winner out there and win the cup.

Maybe we can just let our players play hockey and let them develop regardless if they are a perfect fit for the top 6 or bottom 6.

If you think about it, this is the same situation alot of guys fell into. Ribeiro, O'Byrne, McDonagh, Latendresse, etc. People are so impatient to judge players future ability based on the current teams make up.

Please stop trying to win the cup as the 16th best team in the league and let our young guys play.

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07-02-2012, 01:07 PM
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he will play in the AHL

he will be one of the 1st call-ups when injuries occur

he will likely replace armstrong in a year.
dont you want him the top 6 ?

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Why is there no point in him playing in the minors?

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Hopefully he spends the full year in Hamilton and dominates/puts up points, and becomes one of the go-to guys at offence.

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07-02-2012, 01:08 PM
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I like his upside but he is not an ideal bottom 6 on this team

unless some changes happen he will be stuck playing limited minutes with players with limited offensive abilities

no point going to the minors , something has to give to keep on this roster

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Sorry, what?

22 points in 33 games in the AHL and there's ''no point'' in him playing more there?

Where do people come up with this stuff?

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He's a year or two away. Let him play a ton in Hamilton, rather than sit on the bench in Montreal. He reminds me of a poor man's Carbonneau.

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Let him develop with the bulldogs, next year he will be with us

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I want him to play an offensive role with the dogs in the AHL to develop his offensive skills. Like Pacioretty a few years ago..
My thoughts exactly

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He should start in the A try to dominate as a top line player there. That should be his goal going into the season IMO, although of course he will want to make the habs.

Fairly soon down the road he looks like a good 2-way winger who can play 2-3rd line duties depending on how much a team is top-6 versus top-9. He's going to make the NHL, but will he make an impact is very much tbd.

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AHL first call up.

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He should start in the A try to dominate as a top line player there. That should be his goal going into the season IMO, although of course he will want to make the habs.

Fairly soon down the road he looks like a good 2-way winger who can play 2-3rd line duties depending on how much a team is top-6 versus top-9. He's going to make the NHL, but will he make an impact is very much tbd.
I've actually become a big believer in Leblanc's potential.

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In the AHL, playing top minutes on the first line in an offensive role. Let him rack up some experience down there, lead the Bulldogs in points and gain some confidence. He'll likely be the first call-up but until then, let him get the proper seasoning.

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Pretty obvious he's going to Hamilton and it's just fine. He can play in the NHL, but he's not ready for a big role. He better go in the A and work on his overall game and score some points while playing top minutes. He's young and has potential, but for the big team, there are better options. With the signings we just did, it's clear we are going for a playoffs spot so the vets will be more important than the rookies.

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I want him to play an offensive role with the dogs in the AHL to develop his offensive skills. Like Pacioretty a few years ago..
Exactly, he'll probably take the Pacioretty road and have his chance next year playing again for the Habs.

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Again, this is the problem with the Habs fans and organization for the past 20 years. They always think the current team has to put a winner out there and win the cup.

Maybe we can just let our players play hockey and let them develop regardless if they are a perfect fit for the top 6 or bottom 6.

If you think about it, this is the same situation alot of guys fell into. Ribeiro, O'Byrne, McDonagh, Latendresse, etc. People are so impatient to judge players future ability based on the current teams make up.

Please stop trying to win the cup as the 16th best team in the league and let our young guys play.
Exactly my thoughts.

Its something that has been hurting this team since the last cup in 1993 because It only helps create an unnecessary additional pressure to the fact that the team is the most winning franchise in the NHL.

I wish more people would understand that.


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best case Louis takes another year in AHL. he's still only 20-21. 10 points in 42 games last year isn't very good for a top 6 player. He needs time to get strong and develop. In two years he'll replace Gionta.

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I want him to play an offensive role with the dogs in the AHL to develop his offensive skills. Like Pacioretty a few years ago..
This is it. It's this simple. Don't rush him the little guy. Besides, he needs to eat more protein and hit the weight room on a regular basis.

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This is it. It's this simple. Don't rush him the little guy. Besides, he needs to eat more protein and hit the weight room on a regular basis.
He lost most of last off season due to recovering from shoulder injury.

Same as Eller, though Eller gained abunch of weight I bet it was all lower body.

He was also a couple of years older than Leblanc.

Not worried about his protein intake or weight room habits at all. I'm sure if he's going to make the NHL as a regular guy he knows waht it takes.

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I think he fits in Hamilton for atleast another season to round out his game a little more then we can look at moving him up I hate that we have had to rush a bunch of these kids and essentially killed their progression.

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I like his upside but he is not an ideal bottom 6 on this team

unless some changes happen he will be stuck playing limited minutes with players with limited offensive abilities

no point going to the minors , something has to give to keep on this roster

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Au contraire ! He needed to be in the AHL all last year and he needs to be there this year. He played in like 5 leagues in 5 yrs, has been hampered by injuries a couple times.

Quality AHL minutes with quality AHL players is exactly what he needs. Assert himself as a pro, improve his skating and strenght, learn to make plays at higher speed and develop his offensive potential.

That way, when he ends up with the big club, he has a chance to be more than a interchangeable hard-working plug (no offense to plugs everywhere)

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