Because Ehroff wouldn't sign ... Leduc.
With their fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders selected Loic Leduc at 103rd overall. Loïc Leduc is from Chateauguay, Quebec, and plays for the Quebec league's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Why yes, yes he is a defenseman. And yes, yes he is big.
In an unprecedented run, Leduc is the fourth defenseman the Islanders have selected in the first four rounds -- though he's the first one who stands 6'6". Leduc shoots right, checks in under 200 lbs. and obviously has some developing to do to chase his NHL dream. Yes, we are in that stage of the draft. Central Scouting had him ranked at 209 among North American-based skaters.
The selection is the fourth-round pick the Islanders "got back" last summer from the Buffalo Sabres for the rights to unrestricted free agent Christian Ehrhoff, after the Isles had spent their own fourth-round pick to acquire his rights from the Canucks.
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