Louis Leblanc

UPDATE -Louis Leblanc underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his damaged shoulder today (Tuesday) in Pensacola Florida.  There was no good news.  It was determined that Leblanc will be facing four to six months rehabilitation.

Canadiens 2009 first round draft pick Louis Leblanc reportedly will undergo shoulder surgery today (Tuesday) in Pensacola Florida.

The extent of the damage to the shoulder won’t be known until after the procedure, which reportedly will be arthriscopic in nature .  He faces as little as four weeks rehabilitation to as much as four to six months.

He was in his first year with the Montreal Juniors, after forgoing a scholarship at Harvard University following his freshman season.  He scored 26 goals and 58 points in 51 games and added nine points in ten post season games.  Leblanc also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship, recording seven points in seven games.

It is suspected  he suffered the shoulder injury shortly after returning from the junior tournament.  In mid January he began a stretch where he failed to register a point in eight consecutive games, a slump that had the second-guessers  questioning the wisdom of Leblanc as a first round draft pick.  If, in fact he was suffering from the shoulder problem at the time, he eventually learned to deal with it and play through it to the end of the season.

Leblanc, at 20, has another year of junior eligibility left.  The Canadiens may have other plans.

Dr. James Andrews, who operated  on the knees of defensemen Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges, will perform the surgery.