Kris Letang’s QMJHL season came to an end in the Finals as Lewiston swept Val-d’Or, 4-0.
However, his season will continue as the Penguins prospect is slated to join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for its AHL East Division Final battle in Hershey on Friday night.
Letang ranked second in QMJHL playoff scoring with 31 points (12+19) in 19 games. He led all defensemen in scoring by a wide margin as Lewiston’s Chad Denny is second with 19 points (10+9) in 17 games.
As a 19-year-old, the defenseman enjoyed a successful stint with the Penguins to start the season.
He tallied his first goal on Oct. 12 on the road against the New York Rangers. It was an historic goal as Sidney Crosby (age 19) and Jordan Staal (18) both found the back of the net. It marked the first time a trio of teenagers on one team scored in the same game since Oct. 17, 1982, when Buffalo’s Dave Andreychuk, Paul Cyr and Phil Housley tallied for the Sabres in a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Letang produced two goals in seven NHL games before he was returned to his junior team, Val-d’Or in the QMJHL.
He continued to excel with the Foreurs. The team’s captain, he finished the regular season with 52 points (14+38) in only 40 games. He was a plus-19 and was named a QMJHL first-team all-star.
He earned the Émile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL’s best defenseman and the Paul Dumont Trophy (personality of the year) as well as the Kevin Lowe Trophy (top defensive defenseman).
Now 20, the Penguins’ 2005 third-round draft choice maintained his scintillating play in the playoffs.
Letang, the Foreurs’ captain, also captained Team Canada to a third-straight gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
A right-handed defenseman, Letang, named one of Canada’s top three players, finished the tournament tied for second in defenseman scoring with six points (0+6) in six games. He had 12 penalty minutes and finished with a plus-4 rating.
Letang was selected as one of the tournament’s top players.