The Calgary Hitmen got Derek LeBlanc for the playoffs and he's starting to show the form he had last season.
In last night's 6-4 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Saddledome, LeBlanc scored his first goal of the playoffs, hit a post and had what looked like a goal on a one-timer stolen by 'Canes goalie Justin Leclerc. But after the game the 19-year-old from Brandon was more concerned about the team losing than about his personal play and growing confidence.
"Yeah, but that's not what we're worried about now. We're worried about winning some games," said LeBlanc, who leads all Hitmen in playoff scoring with 17 points.
"This is the most important time of the season and if I can contribute offensively, I guess it's a bonus."
When they acquired him at the trade deadline from the Brandon Wheat Kings for defenceman Dustin Kohn, Hitmen head coach/GM Kelly Kisio acknowledged part of the reason for the deal was LeBlanc's playoff prowess.
"He's playing real well. The last game he was a little off but the first game and tonight, he was flying," said Kisio.
"He was using his speed and doing exactly what we thought we'd get from him to start the show."
LeBlanc got booted from the game late in the third period following a 10-minute misconduct after shooting a puck towards referee Chris Savage.