Last night was Louis Leblanc’s debut with the Junior de Montréal in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. I know that this isn’t real big news. But make no mistake, all eyes will be on Leblanc as he plays with the Junior de Montréal this season.
Many people have both wondered how he’d fit, or how he’d perform in the QMJHL…. lot’s of what ifs…. etc.
But now we’ll get to see how his skill level and hockey smarts measure up against his peers in the “Q”. Also how he adjusts to the much longer season as opposed to the US College system.
Louis Leblanc finished last night’s pre-season game with 1 assist, +1, won 5 out of 8 faceoffs and had 4 shots on goal. Should also be noted that another Canadiens prospect, Philippe Lefebvre, also assisted on the play.
I always seem to have high hopes for most prospects that the Montreal Canadiens draft. While this is a pre-season game which really doesn’t mean anything….. I’m just happy to see the QMJHL kick into pre-season. Ultimately, it means the QMJHL season, NHL camps, NHL pre-season and NHL season are all around the corner.
Personally, I was one hoping that he would make the jump over to the “Q” and I’m quite happy that he made that decision. It should be much easier for the Canadiens organization to monitor Leblanc’s progress as well as having him in a league where many of the Canadiens fan base can also catch a glimpse of him.
I can’t wait to catch some of these QMJHL games.