Leblanc, Elliott among Monday’s notable waivers
A pair of once promising prospects are now sitting on the wire.
Louis Leblanc -- the 18th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft -- and Stefan Elliott, Colorado’s second-round choice (49th overall) at that same draft, have been placed on waivers by the Ducks and Avs respectively, per TVA.
Leblanc, 23, arrived in Anaheim this summer after a disappointing stint in Montreal in which he scored just five goals in 50 appearances over the course of three seasons. He famously -- or, more accurately, his girlfriend famously -- complained about getting cut from the Habs prior to the start of last season; the former Harvard product then welcomed a “fresh start’ after the Ducks acquired him via trade in June.
Elliott, also 23, could be done in Colorado after spending his entire professional career with the organization. Like Leblanc, he appeared in just a handful of games -- 58, to be exact -- with most of those coming in his rookie campaign. Since then, Elliott’s spent the majority of time with AHL Lake Erie and has been bypassed by a number of defensemen on the depth chart, including fellow ’09 draftee Tyson Barrie.
As for others that hit the waiver wire on Monday:
-- St. Louis waived three-time Stanley Cup winner Colin Fraser, just weeks after signing the veteran to a deal. Fraser, 29, signed a two-way contract with the Blues, so this move wasn’t entirely unexpected.
-- Dallas waived goalie Jussi Rynnas, meaning the backup gig to Kari Lehtonen will now likely go to Anders Lindback.
-- Toronto waived veteran forward Troy Bodie, who had 10 points in 47 games for the Leafs last year.