Peter Leblanc made an impression on the Washington Capitals organization, and because of it, he’s sticking around.
Leblanc, who split time last season between the Rockford IceHogs and Hershey Bears, has been re-signed on a one-year, two-way deal with the Capitals.
After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, Leblanc went unsigned until Rockford inked him to a deal that would allow him to split time between the Hogs and the Toledo Walleye, their ECHL affiliate. In his first 22 games in the ECHL, Leblanc had 22 points (8-14), and he hasn’t been back down since.
In his first season in the pros, Leblanc had 30 points (12-18) in 57 games, and it earned him an extension in Rockford. During the 2012-13 season, Leblanc set career highs with 24 goals and 20 assists in 72 games with Chicago’s top affiliate. It would also earn him an NHL contract, as the Blackhawks signed him to a one-year, two-way deal.
However, less than a year after inking the deal, the Blackhawks dealt Leblanc to the Capitals in exchange for future considerations. Leblanc would play the remainder of the season with the Hershey Bears, and help out to the tune of eight goals and ten assists. In the playoffs, Leblanc shone in Hershey’s first round exit, tallying eight assists in five playoff contests.
Leblanc’s contract will pay him $72,000 in the AHL and $550,000 in the NHL.