Canadiens trade Louis Leblanc to Ducks for conditional 5th-round pick
Now that the NHL season is over, trades are once again allowed. The Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks wasted no time taking advantage of this.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the following in a team release:
After three seasons with the Canadiens organization we felt that moving forward the best option for Louis and our organization was to give him the opportunity to pursue his career with another team. Throughout his entire stay with our organization Louis showed great professionalism and a constant desire to improve. We thank him for his contribution and wish him success for the continuation of his career.
The Canadiens drafted Leblanc 18th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he played just 50 games with Montreal in 2011-12 and 2013-14. He also spent parts of three seasons with the team's AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he registered 68 points in 163 games.
Leblanc never managed more than 13 goals per season at either level during his five seasons in the organization.