What’s old is new again for Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. The 30-year-old is back with the organization that selected him in the seventh round during the 2004 NHL Draft. After spending six seasons with the New Jersey Devils organization, Leblond has played for five different teams in two different leagues in the last four years.
New Jersey signed him as a free agent just weeks ago on Sept. 8.
“The offseason was long this year in the sense that I didn’t know where I was going,” Leblond said. “I signed two weeks ago with the Devils. It was an easy decision coming back with this organization. It’s the first time I’ve been back here for a few years. I loved it here back in the day.”
His first time around with the Devils, Lou Lamoriello was at the helm, but now Ray Shero is the team’s General Manager and John Hynes is New Jersey’s Head Coach. Leblond is familiar with both, having played with Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the last two seasons.
Leblond: “The organization changed with all the people I was with in Wilkes-Barre and in Pittsburgh. It just really made sense. It was an easy decision for me to sign here. The offseason was long, but it all came together in the end.”
Since turning pro during the 2005-06 season, Leblond has played 41 NHL games, including 37 with New Jersey, and 396 AHL contest.
Known for his toughness, he has amassed 101 penalty minutes in the NHL and 1,561 in the AHL. He is first on Albany’s single-season list with 334 penalty minutes in 2010-11.
Whether he ends up in New Jersey or Albany, Leblond travels with a bag full of experience. Including his stint with Adirondack of the UHL, he has played for played in 10 different cities during his career.
His experience and knowledge will certainly impact whichever locker room he ends up in.
“I’ve traveled a lot, so I’ve seen a lot of different staff, management, players,” Leblond said. “I think I’ve learned a lot the last few years and I’ve played with some different leaders.
“I’ve always tried to be a leader or a positive influence on the guys in the locker room and on the ice. I don’t think that is going to change.”