The Oakville Rock have made their first major statement that they intend to be competitors in Major Series Lacrosse, acquiring talented lefty forward Stephan Leblanc from the Six Nations Chiefs. In return the Chiefs get a pair of first round draft picks and Corey Fowler, who led CLax in scoring in its recently-completed season.
Leblanc had spent the past two seasons with the Chiefs after playing his first two years of major with the Langley Thunder. He scored 20 goals and 34 assists for 54 points in 2011 before having an off year last summer, in which he missed time with an injury and only played 4 regular-season and 9 playoff games.
Oakville GM Terry Sanderson is familiar with Leblanc because the latter has played for the former with the Toronto Rock. “We think we're going in the right direction,” says Sanderson, who has also added Toronto forward Brendan Thenhaus to his MSL team and has Colorado netminder Tye Belanger—who is having a breakout NLL season—between the pipes.