MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Louis Leblanc
has been selected to represent Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships. The second time seems to be a charm for the Habs’ 2009 first-round draft pick as Leblanc participated in his second-straight final camp with Team Canada after being one of the final cuts last December.
A Pointe-Claire native and one time Harvard student, Leblanc was listed by Team Canada head-coach, Dave Cameron, as a healthy scratch during the team’s final exhibition game. Leblanc sat along with seven other roster selections as Cameron made use of the opportunity to evaluate the remaining players
While a berth in the World Junior Championships may not guarantee a player success in the NHL, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Of the 12 Canadian-born players listed on the Habs’ roster, nine have represented their country in the tournament, notably P.K. Subban
, Carey Price
, Tom Pyatt, Dustin Boyd, Benoit Pouliot, Alexandre Picard, Josh Gorges
, Michael Cammalleri and Alex Auld. With the exception of 2010 and 2003 the Canadiens’ organization has had at least one prospect in the tournament every year since 2001.Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSOAnother day at the officeHappier holidaysPreliminary results for NHL All-Star Fan voting - After 4 weeks Max Confidence