After the Capitals sent Zach Hamill to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Casey Wellman, Hershey Bears General Manager Doug Yingst made an AHL trade. Hershey sent forward Mathieu Beaudoin to Rockford and received center Peter LeBlanc from Rockford/Chicago.
Leblanc will bring a left-handed shot and also will be able to take draws, adding to Hershey’s center depth. He’s played in 34 games for the Rockford IceHogs this season, contributing four goals and eight assists. It’s unclear what his role will be, but he will likely earn the role of a bottom six forward.
As “Sweetest Hockey on Earth”, a Hershey Bears blog noted, LeBlanc was a teammate to current Hershey forwards Jeff Taffe and Ryan Potulny during the 2010-2011 regular season in Rockford.
Beaudoin played in 32 games for Hershey this season, registering ten points along with a plus six. He has spent most of his AHL career in the Western Conference, playing for teams including the San Antonio Rampage, Texas Stars and Houston Aeros.
He reflected on the trade via his twitter account. “Excited to be joining Rockford. Quick turnaround, game tomorrow in San Antonio. Thanks to everyone in Hershey.”
LeBlanc could see action for the Bears as early as this weekend at Giant Center.