Blackhawks Sign Drew LeBlanc

Just before dropping the puck against the Red Wings on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks announced an addition to their roster.

Forward Drew LeBlanc, who was named the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner – given to the top player in NCAA hockey – earlier in the day, has signed a one-year deal with the Hawks.

LeBlanc, 23, just finished a fantastic season with St. Cloud State. In 42 regular season games, LeBlanc scored 13 goals and added 37 assists while leading St. Cloud St. to the Frozen Four. He led the nation in assists and was seventh in points this season.

He missed most of last season with a significant leg injury, but returned to have an award-winning final collegiate campaign.

This won’t be his first time playing in Chicago. From 2006 to 2008, LeBlanc played for the Chicago Steel in the USHL, posting 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 78 games. He was a ¬†two-year team captain at St. Cloud State and was named both 2013 All-WCHA First Team and Player of the Year.

He will reportedly join the Blackhawks this weekend, and will wear number 14.

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11 Responses to Blackhawks Sign Drew LeBlanc

  1. BigSmokeJ says:

    Tab what’s the plan with him? Is he signed through next year? Does he become a RFA or UFA after that.
    Thanks

  2. Sr. Brad says:

    Is he joining the Hawks this weekend or the Hawk’s organization? Was he brought in to seal the deal in Rockford or is he ready to help in the show? I would think this is a deal to put Rockford over the top and see if he could contribute with the Hawks next season out of training camp.

  3. wall says:

    I never heard of this guy until now… but what I read is this guy has super IQ… and some of the best hands in College hockey… great addition if he can skate well… if he is great at the dot – I think he could contribute now. Seems to be College version of Teuvo T. Pretty amazing kid – but did that leg injury slow him down???

    He did have a major compound leg fracture (which i believe means bone thru skin) last year…

    What I read suggests he will be given Hawks Jersey… perhaps that is how SB got him to sign… that SB would put him on the Playoff roster- and expose him to a Cup run! May not play much- but could get his name on cup!

  4. Tab Bamford says:

    re: Brad – when I say he will report to Chicago, that’s the Blackhawks. He would report to Rockford to play for the IceHogs. Is he going to contribute right away? I don’t know that he’s going to be a Bolland-vs-Vancouver from two years ago, but he certainly adds an intriguing depth player to the NHL roster for the next week or so.

  5. JoeyCollins says:

    So is this just like a wild card for the final week and playoffs? Give him a few games to finish out the season and if he does good we have another piece for the playoff run, if not then nothing to loose?

  6. Sr. Brad says:

    Very, very intriguing..this isn’t the kind of move Bowman would normally make…Q must have liked what he watched and then heard from the young man. Certainly at 23, he is ready for the NHL at a physical level.

  7. Windy City ZMan says:

    Drew Leblanc has a good head on his shoulders. Hopefully, the Blackhawks catch lightning in a bottle with this kid the last few games, & he gives them an added spark for the playoffs.

    This is basically an NHL tryout for him, so let’s hope he makes the best of it. We can always use another weapon.

  8. Morrison says:

    He should be a rfa, hes under 27?
    No matter how good he is at this point/development, is he eligible to play in the playoffs?
    If you play in more than 8 games, then the 1yr contract counts for this yr?
    Is he the ‘Shultz’ of this yr.

  9. ZebraGreg says:

    Tab, can you elaborate on how this kid was signed please? Was he technically a FA and eligible to be signed by any team? I’m curious to know what the process / protocol is that led to to the Hawks getting him. Whatever the situation is, it must be similar or the same as the Wings recently signing the Dekaiser (sp?) kid…?
    The Blues game tomorrow will be very interesting indeed if he’s in the lineup.

  10. Steve Yatsushiro says:

    Since he was signed after the trade deadline, he cannot be sent to Rockford. He is also ineligible for post season play. He will be an RFA at the end of this season. Looks like a tryout for him at the pro level. In my opinion, a nice grab by Bowman.

  11. Mitch says:

    I grew up watching the kid play. We went to high school together. He got us a state championship
    He also was Amazing in college. He should be a great addition to the team.

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