Louis Leblanc has been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens and will make his NHL season debut tonight as the Canadiens head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers.
Hopes were high for the former first round pick, from la belle province, but Louis was infamously among the first cuts made at the Canadiens training camp in September, but with a strong few games and a rash of injuries overtaking the Canadiens roster, he gets a chance to prove he belongs back in the NHL.
Leblanc played 42 games with the Canadiens during the terrible 2011-12 season, but struggled last year with the Bulldogs and was never called up to the big club. His 18 points in 62 games with Hamilton being the reason he was left on the farm for the whole year.
Louis began this season slowly again, as he was held scoreless in his first four games, but his offense finally came alive when he had three points against the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday night, including the game winning goal in overtime.
Leblanc was the Bulldogs hero again on Friday night, as he scored his second goal of the night in overtime, to give Hamilton a 4-3 victory. He scored again the next night against the Utica Comets, in what would become his final AHL before making his season debut in Montreal.
Leblanc will likely line up on the third with David Desharnais and Rene Bourque. Desharnais has struggled this season, but this is a combination that can count on strong two way play from its wingers and plenty of faceoff wins, but unfortunately not much else from the middleman.
Leblanc has not taken the AHL by storm and demanded a call from the Habs. This is more of a second chance due to injuries, but at least we know Louis is coming in hot, with six points in his last three games.