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08:44 AM ET 01.07 | With the WJC in the books, players such as Louis Leblanc raised their profile. The human international voltage converter showed he could become the Montreal Canadiens' Great Quebecois Hope rather soon, probably with a minimal AHL apprenticeship. Leblanc, 19, showed he can plays heads-up at a high pace and made whatever linemates he was with better over the course of the tourney. Many felt Canada should have double-shifted the former Harvard man in the final when it was starting to lose control of the game to Russia.

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January 7, 2011  08:56 AM ET

At 6'1" isn't he a bit tall for the Canadiens?

January 7, 2011  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At 6'1" isn't he a bit tall for the Canadiens?

He ain't no Guy Lafleur either.

January 7, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He ain't no Guy Lafleur either.

So true, Roamer. I watched the whole WJC and never saw Louis smoking on the bench once. :-)

January 7, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

So true, Roamer. I watched the whole WJC and never saw Louis smoking on the bench once. :-)

He might be out deer poaching though.

January 7, 2011  09:22 AM ET

The last thing Montreal needs is to start hyping their next French Habs hero. It kills just about everyone who ends up under those lights. Look at Guillaume Latendresse. Wilted under the spotlights, but started producing as soon as he got out of town (this year's injury notwithstanding). Also, Leblanc looked good, but not dominant in that tourney, so thinking he's the missing piece for this team might be abit much too. Keep the pressure off the kid and let him come into his own, or risk ruining him like so many other french kids that have been cycled through Les Habitants. I'm surprised its a Yahoo article and not something from a Mtl rag.

January 7, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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The last thing Montreal needs is to start hyping their next French Habs hero.

Bingo! When are they gonna stop looking for the fabled next "Great Quebecois Hope" and just look to build a great team?

January 7, 2011  09:50 AM ET
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The last thing Montreal needs is to start hyping their next French Habs hero. It kills just about everyone who ends up under those lights. Look at Guillaume Latendresse. Wilted under the spotlights, but started producing as soon as he got out of town (this year's injury notwithstanding). Also, Leblanc looked good, but not dominant in that tourney, so thinking he's the missing piece for this team might be abit much too. Keep the pressure off the kid and let him come into his own, or risk ruining him like so many other french kids that have been cycled through Les Habitants. I'm surprised its a Yahoo article and not something from a Mtl rag.

look where the article comes from. Bottom line is that he was a very good pick, he's doing well in the Q and he showed the ability to adapt his game and evolve during the world juniors. I found him to be one of the best canadian players. Still, if you look at him, he roams the boards alot and sets up plays...if he's going to do that in the NHL he is going to need alot more size and experience, so I don't think anybody in MTL expects to see him in a habs uniform for a few years.

Of course there's the dummies that will want to see him right away....but that comes from playing in a hockey mad city. As per Latendresse, I don't get it, the expectations and the consequantial hate came because Latendresse catedgorically refused to play tough hockey, to drive the net, to buy into a team system. He did what HE wanted to do all the time, and it didnt work. He's not a bad player, he's just an **** with too big of an ego. I was the first to applaud when we got rid of him, I couldn't stand him because all he ever did was blast his teammates, his coach, the fans...it was NEVER his fault...he's perfect in his own mind. Its natural that some players just cant cut it in montreal, we expect alot, but don't expect any of us to apologize for that.

January 7, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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Bingo! When are they gonna stop looking for the fabled next "Great Quebecois Hope" and just look to build a great team?

how many quebecois are there on the team right now? We also just traded Max Lapierre, one of the most favored habs, and nobody in the media batted an eyelash. Pittsburgh has 5 times more quebecois than the habs.

January 7, 2011  09:59 AM ET

Is he 6'1" on skates or not? If he's 6'1" on skates then he's a Canadien for life Eh? One hit from Chara and he'll be 5'11"

January 7, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Is he 6'1" on skates or not? If he's 6'1" on skates then he's a Canadien for life Eh? One hit from Chara and he'll be 5'11"

Chara hits people now? When did that start happening?

January 7, 2011  10:07 AM ET
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Chara hits people now? When did that start happening?

He might be referring to Miwa Watabiki the Japanese singer known as Chara.

January 7, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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how many quebecois are there on the team right now? We also just traded Max Lapierre, one of the most favored habs, and nobody in the media batted an eyelash. Pittsburgh has 5 times more quebecois than the habs.

And the number on the Pens is relevant how? My point is that Montreal seems obsessed with finding great French Canadian players to play on their team when they haven't won a Cup since 1993, by far their longest drought in history. Who gives a rat's arse about finding the next "Great Quebecois Hope?"

January 7, 2011  11:00 AM ET
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He might be referring to Miwa Watabiki the Japanese singer known as Chara.

That would explain it but, I think she might be hitting ON him.

January 7, 2011  11:01 AM ET

one of the reasons that the Russians were so successful in that 3rd period was that fact that they shortened their bench and started rolling with just the top 2 lines. Cameron called his time out to late and (after the tieing goal). He should have called it after the 2nd goal that came 12 seconds after the 1st to refocus everyone. And he should have pulled Visentin after the 3rd goal and went with Roy to stop the bleeding. He got out coached by the Russians for sure and Canada was just out of gas. Had they gotten the bye right to the semis they probably would have won the gold but having to play that extra game in the quarters ended up killing them in the end as they just didn't have anything left to hold off that onslaught.

But if's and buts are candies and nuts....

January 7, 2011  11:18 AM ET
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Who gives a rat's arse about finding the next "Great Quebecois Hope?"

I'll tell you who, the French media...they will insist that if you play here long enough, you have to speak French. It doesn't matter if you're producing on the ice, you have to speak French.
So, if you're from here and you're playing for the Habs, you're automatically the saviour of Habs hockey.

January 7, 2011  02:07 PM ET

The fans and media hordes who insists that the Canadiens must find players from Quebec suffer from the worst kind of narrow-mindedness possible. Personally, if a guy can score 40, tally 100 points and finish the season at +20, I don't care if he comes from Irkutsk, Minneapolis, Red Deer or Rimouski. He can play on my team anytime.

To those who commented on the stupid Quebec/language debate, please stop. I put up with it for the longest time and do not miss it one second and I don't need to see it rear its ugly head in here. I wish the bonehead writer at Yahoo and the equally brainless intern here hadn't use those "Quebecois Hope" words at all 'cause the rest of the paragraph talks about Leblanc as a good Canadiens prospect. Those two words take the focus away from that. We can't unring that bell. We don't have to ring again. Thank you.

January 7, 2011  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Chara hits people now? When did that start happening?

First he has to catch them.

My filing cabinet hurts like hell if I'm dumb enough to run into it.

January 7, 2011  03:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

We can't unring that bell. We don't have to ring again. Thank you.

Bingo.

January 7, 2011  03:47 PM ET
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The fans and media hordes who insists that the Canadiens must find players from Quebec suffer from the worst kind of narrow-mindedness possible. Personally, if a guy can score 40, tally 100 points and finish the season at +20, I don't care if he comes from Irkutsk, Minneapolis, Red Deer or Rimouski. He can play on my team anytime.To those who commented on the stupid Quebec/language debate, please stop. I put up with it for the longest time and do not miss it one second and I don't need to see it rear its ugly head in here. I wish the bonehead writer at Yahoo and the equally brainless intern here hadn't use those "Quebecois Hope" words at all 'cause the rest of the paragraph talks about Leblanc as a good Canadiens prospect. Those two words take the focus away from that. We can't unring that bell. We don't have to ring again. Thank you.

Fully agree Stranger. When I resided in California the politically incorrect (God love 'em) use to call those from the south "****" and those from the north "whitebacks." Perhaps we could re-title this article "The Great White(back) Hope."

 
January 7, 2011  04:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#24):

Fully agree Stranger. When I resided in California the politically incorrect (God love 'em) use to call those from the south "****" and those from the north "whitebacks." Perhaps we could re-title this article "The Great White(back) Hope."

The four stars strike again. And now we'll never know what the non-PC in California crowd called those from the south.

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