Two players who have fallen out of the good graces of the management team, according to what we can deduce based on their use and ‘treatment’, are Louis Leblanc and Nathan Beaulieu. Both of these players have not met the team’s expectations relative to physical conditioning coming into training camps, and have been sent down and not called up when it might have seemed appropriate.
Louis Leblanc’s travails have been well documented, in that he has suffered injuries which prevented him from doing much resistance work, especially in his upper body. Yet he seemingly hasn’t when he had a chance last summer, for example, wowed the team with his dedication in the gym, and his size and strength has disappointed.
Nathan apparently has been successful relying on his ‘natural’ ability, playing himself into shape as the season progresses, as he has done both years in Hamilton.
Both of these young men can help their case immensely by availing themselves of the services of Pierre Allard over the summer, and showing up to camp next season in great shape, with a little more meat on their bones.
That’s if Louis Leblanc is offered a new contract. He’ll be eligible for waivers next fall, so he’s going to be in a precarious position. If he doesn’t make the team, he might get claimed when he gets sent down after camp. The team may decide not to spend one of the 50 contract slots on him, as we’re going to be close to the limit next season, as usual.