The NHL draft took place on Friday and former Omaha Lancer Louis Leblanc was chosen 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
Leblanc grew up a Canadiens fan in his native town of Pointe Claire, QC. On being drafted by the team he grew up cheering for, Leblanc told the Canadiens’ website, “I still have goosebumps. It still all feels surreal that the crowd was actually chanting my name. I couldn’t tell you where my cell phone is, but I’m sure I’ve got a ton of voice messages waiting for me.”
Leblanc becomes the first Quebec-born player drafted by the Canadiens in the first round since the Quebec Remparts Eric Chouinard, who was selected 16th overall by Montreal at the 1998 draft.
In 60 games with the Lancers, Leblanc scored a team high 28 goals and 59 points on a club that includes Danny Kristo, who was Montreal’s top pick a year ago.