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West Island’s Louis Leblanc signs with Ducks; Traded by Habs for draft pick

  • The Anaheim Ducks have signed former Canadiens prospectLouis Leblanc, left, to a one-year, two-way contractfor the 2014-15 NHL season.
    The Anaheim Ducks have signed former Canadiens prospectLouis Leblanc, left, to a one-year, two-way contractfor the 2014-15 NHL season.
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Kirkland native and former Habs prospect Louis Leblanc is hoping to revive his National Hockey League career with the Anaheim Ducks.

Last week, the Ducks signed Leblanc, 23, who was a restricted free agent (RFA), to a one-year, twoway contract for the 2014-15 NHL season.

According to Capgeek. com, the deal will pay him the NHL minimum salary of $550,000, or $67,500 if he plays in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Norfolk Admirals, the Ducks’ farm team.

The Ducks had acquired Leblanc from Montreal last month in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The Habs will only receive the draft pick if Leblanc plays in a least 15 games with the Ducks next season.

The six-foot, 180-pound forward spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Canadiens AHL farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, registering 28 points in 70 games. He went scoreless in eight NHL games last season.

Leblanc, a former centre who was converted to a right winger as a pro, has five goals and five assists in 50 NHL games during his career with the Habs, with all the points coming during the 2011-12 season. The Habs selected Leblanc in the first round of the 2009 NHL draft as the 18th overall pick, right after he recorded 59 points in 60 games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.

After being drafted, he played one season with Harvard University in the NCAA but he then bolted to the QMJHL and suited up for the Montreal Juniors, tallying 58 points in 51 games.

He played for Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2011, where he recorded seven points in seven games and earned a silver medal.

Leblanc, a Kuper Academy graduate, was a scoring sensation when he played for the AAA midget Lac St-Louis Lions, scoring 140 points in 83 games over two seasons, including 54 goals during the 2007-08 campaign.

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