Nick Leddy
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Nick Leddy

Hometown:

Eden Praire Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-03-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Chicago, 2014

Weight:

179 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Nick Leddy helped guide the Eagles to their first ever state championship. The highly-skilled rearguard finished his senior year leading Eden Prairie in defensive scoring with 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) in 31 games.

In addition to the being named Mr. Hockey, Leddy was also named the Star-Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year and as well as named to the state Class AA All-Tournament team. Most recently, he was one of two Minnesota high school players invited to the upcoming U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp for the 2010 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship.

Drafted 1st round (16th overall), 2009 by the Minnesota Wild.

2009-10: A broken jaw limited Leddy at the start of the season but the smooth-skating blueliner showed a lot of improvement in the second half of his freshman year. He appeared in 30 games for the University of Minnesota, scoring 3 goals, 8 assists for 11 points while earning regular shifts at even strength and on the power play. He was surprisingly signed to his entry-level contract by Chicago over the summer. GM Stan Bowman cited a strong prospect camp performance as the reason for the signing.

2010-11: Leddy’s quick climb through the Blackhawks organization saw him skate in just 22 AHL games as a rookie, scoring 2 goals, 8 assists for 10 points with a minus-7 rating. He won a bronze medal with the U.S. WJC squad with 3 assists in 6 games. Following the tournament, Leddy joined the Blackhawks and stuck in the NHL for the rest of the season. The blueliner scored 4 goals, 3 assists for 7 points in 46 regular season games and was held off the scoresheet in Chicago’s 7-game series loss to Vancouver in the playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

While many view Leddy as an offensive defenseman, he could potentially blossom into more of a two-way defenseman. His play is equally strong at both ends of the ice. Leddy combines superb offensive prowess with conscientious and responsible defensive zone play. He does an excellent job of taking away time and space from the opposition, and can also create it for both himself and his teammates. One attribute that makes it all possible is his outstanding skating ability. Leddy is an agile skater with good speed and smoothness in his strides. This can particularly be seen in his transitioning and rushes up the ice. Still on the small side at 5'11 and 179 pounds, he was easily knocked off the puck and struggled to establish positioning in his first pro season.

 

Future

Leddy's skating ability and poise with the puck led to 46 NHL games as a rookie pro. He is set to see an increased role with the Blackhawks' top four defensemen heading and possibly second unit power play time in the 2011-12 season.

 

Minnesota Wild 2009 draft yielding NHL results this season

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Photo: Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, a fifth round selection by Minnesota in 2009, has shown well in the NHL when called upon due to injuries in the Wild crease (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

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