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Montreal Canadiens call up top prospect Louis Leblanc for west coast trip

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Montreal Canadiens draft pick Louis Leblanc slips on his jersey as general manager Bob Gainey looks on at the 2009 NHL entry draft Friday, June 26, 2009, in Montreal.The Canadiens have called up top prospect Leblanc to replace suspended forward Max Pacioretty.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Author: The Hockey News

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Montreal Canadiens call up top prospect Louis Leblanc for west coast trip

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Montreal Canadiens have called up top prospect Louis Leblanc to replace suspended forward Max Pacioretty.

The 20-year-old centre—the Canadiens' first-round selection, 18th overall, in the 2009 NHL draft—is expected to make his NHL debut Wednesday when Montreal visits the Ducks in Anaheim.

The Pointe-Claire, Que., native has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 14 games with the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Pacioretty was suspended three games for a head shot on Pittsburgh's Kris Letang. Pacioretty caught Letang with a shoulder to the head, leaving the Penguins player with a broken nose.

Leblanc had 58 points (26-32) and 100 penalty minutes in 51 games last season with the Montreal Juniors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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