Saturday, June 28, 2014

Blue Jackets Select LeBlanc

Olivier LeBlanc ended the Saint John Sea Dogs’ draft drought today.

LeBlanc become the first Sea Dogs player to be selected since the 2011 NHL Draft, going in the seventh round, 197th overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In 56 games with Saint John last season, the defenseman registered seven goals and 26 assists. In his rookie season in 2012-13, the 18-year old had four goals and 14 assists in 60 matches. He was an 11th overall pick of Saint John in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

The Quebec City native saw lots of ice time last season and will play a huge role on the backend again this season.

LeBlanc is the 14th player in Sea Dogs history to be selected in the NHL Draft. He’s also the first Saint John defenseman to be picked since Nathan Beaulieu in the first round of the 2011 draft.

Forwards Matthew Highmore and Spencer Smallman, who were both listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, were not selected.

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