Montreal Canadiens’ 2009 Draft Pick of Louis Leblanc Revisited: Lessons Learned?

June 24th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
A few weeks ago on morning sports talk radio, the hosts were preparing for the 2010 NHL amateur draft by offering their own thoughts on the Taylor (Hall) or Tyler (Seguin) choice.

But discussion quickly moved to a fond look back at the recent draft in Montreal.

"Lou-eee, Lou-eee, Lou-eee" they chanted as they did their best to re-create the atmosphere in the Bell Centre only one year ago.

There's no question that Louis Leblanc was a popular choice by the Canadiens when they selected him with the 18th pick overall in the 2009 draft. I recall Habs fans around me jumping to their feet when Leblanc's name was called, and the arena delivered a thunderous standing ovation and several choruses of "O-le, O-le."

The Canadiens marketing department must have been thrilled. The hockey department? Well, that's more unclear.

The Team 990 guys finished their Leblanc tribute with round of self-congratulatory high-fives as if they had a role in selecting him. The media (and fans) helping Canadiens management to decide their draft pick?

Perhaps it's not so far-fetched.

A few minutes later, the radio hosts moved to the unrelated ...

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