Drew LeBlanc walked alongside Jonathan Toews in the hallway at the United Center as the two headed toward the Blackhawks' dressing room. Whether the top college player in the country ends up playing next to the Hawks captain in the future remains to be seen. In the meantime, LeBlanc plans to enjoy every moment of his first professional experience after signing a one-year deal with the Hawks on Friday following a stellar college career at St. Cloud State. "I'm here to work hard, have fun, take it all in and learn what it's like to be a professional and get as many pointers as possible," said LeBlanc, who skated with several Hawks on Monday morning before the team's game against the Stars. "This is a professional organization from the top down. They have a good reputation for developing young players and I hope to be one of those guys." LeBlanc, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, will have an opportunity to practice with the Hawks, and coach Joel Quenneville said there's a chance the 23-year-old will get into a game before the regular season ends. "No promises when he'll play, but hopefully we'll get a chance to get him in there," Quenneville said of the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner. "He's got some skill. He has a real nice set of hands, good feel offensively, sees plays, makes plays and has got a quick stick." Sharp update: Winger Patrick Sharp missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. The veteran was sidelined 14 games in a row with a left shoulder injury, played two games and then sat out the Hawks' 2-0 victory over the Blues on Sunday night.
LeBlanc eager to work hard, learn from Hawks
Chicago Tribune | Apr 16