At the time, it was seen as a loss for the Dogs. More than three years later, it's not so clear cut.
LeBlanc still has vivid memories of that day. He also recalls the five months before the draft and the multiple meetings he and head scout Norm Gosselin had with the Esposito family and his agent, Phil Lecavalier.
"At no time did they say they were going to come (to the league). If he didn't want to play in Saint John, he could have just come out and said so," said LeBlanc, now a scout for the Halifax Mooseheads....
LeBlanc still believes [Patrick] Roy and Esposito had a deal in place before the draft.
"Two weeks later everything changes?" he said. "Give me a break."