Nov 1, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Louis Leblanc (71) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Canadiens 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Canadiens Trade Louis Leblanc, According to Reports

The Montreal Canadiens have traded F Louis Leblanc to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft, according to reports from TSN.

The 23 year-old native of Pointe-Claire, QC has 5 goals and 5 assists in 50 career NHL games with the Canadiens, and had zero points in 8 games with the club this season. He spent most of this past season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL scoring 28 points (13G) in 70 games.

Leblanc, who went to Harvard, was drafted 18th overall in the 2009 NHL draft, and was expected to be a top-tier scorer down the road. However, in the 5 years since his draft day he has struggled to find a consistent role with the team. The forward has also struggled to be a force in the AHL. In 163 games he has totalled 34 goals and 68 points.

Leblanc is set to become an RFA on July 1st. He is one of 8 players selected in the first round of his draft class to play no more than 56 NHL games.

The move comes 13 days ahead of the 2014 NHL draft which will be held in Philadelphia.


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