Brendan Leipsic
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Brendan Leipsic

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-05-19

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Trade with Nashville, 2015

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Brendan Leipsic skated for the Winnipeg Wild midget AAA team in Manitoba. In 41 games he  was the Wild’s second-leading scorer with 23 goals and 40 assists and had 38 penalty minutes. The Wild finished first in the East Division before falling to second-place Eastman in the playoff semifinals. In seven playoff games Leipsic scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 15 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Selected by Portland in the sixth round (112th overall) in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Leipsic skated in 68 games for the Winterhawks as a WHL rookie. In a secondary role on a powerhouse Portland team that won the U.S. Division and had the WHL’s third-best record, Leipsic scored 16 goals with 17 assists and was plus-13 with 50 penalty minutes. Leipsic skated in all 21 playoff games during Portland’s run to the WHL finals and scored 3 goals with 4 assists while finishing plus-two with 14 penalty minutes. Leipsic skated for Canada Western in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge and scored 3 goals with 2 assists.

2011-12: Leipsic was the fourth-leading goal scorer for Portland in his second season with the Winterhawks. He scored 28 goals with 30 assists and was plus-16 with 82 penalty minutes in 65 games. Portland reached the WHL playoff finals for the second straight year after finishing second to Tri-City in the U.S. Division. In 20 playoff games Leipsic scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was plus-six with 28 penalty minutes. Ranked 114th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (89th overall) in 2012.

2012-13: Leipsic and Portland teammate Nicolas Petan (Winnipeg) tied for the WHL scoring title with 120 points each on a dominant Winterhawks squad that also featured the league’s third-leading scorer (Ty Rattie (STL)). Leipsic scored 49 goals with 71 assists in 68 games and was +55 with 103 penalty minutes as the Winterhawks rolled to the U.S. Division title; losing 12 games in regulation all season. Leipsic had 10 goals with 14 assists and was +9 with 41 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. Portland reached the finals for the third straight season; defeating Edmonton in the finals to capture its first WHL championship. Leipsic scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 12 penalty minutes in five Memorial Cup games as Portland reached the championship game against Halifax. Leipsic skated for Canada in the Canada-Russia Challenge series in August but was not selected for the 2013 World Junior Championship.

2013-14: Leipsic signed an entry-level three-year contract with Nashville in May 2013 and after attending camp with the Predators he returned to Portland for his fourth WHL season. While both he and Petan (WIN) didn’t match their astronomical offensive numbers of the previous season they were again among the leading scorers along with teammate Oliver Bjorkstrand (CBJ).  Leipsic scored 39 goals with 52 assists in 60 regular season games and was plus-28 while finishing second on the Winterhawks with 111 penalty minutes. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL finals against Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Leipsic and Bjorkstrand had 33 points each in the playoffs to lead Portland in scoring with Leipsic scoring 14 goals and 19 assists and finishing plus-seven with 49 penalty minutes.

2014-15: Leipsic skated in the AHL in his first pro season, beginning the year with the Milwaukee Admirals. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs in February 2015 from Nashville as part of a multiplayer trade that also netted Toronto a 2015 first-round pick in exchange for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, finishing the year with the Toronto Marlies. In 74 regular season games (47 with Milwaukee) he scored 14 goals with 40 assists and was +5 with 22 penalty minutes. The Marlies finished second in the North Division, falling to Grand Rapids in a first-round playoff series. Leipsic scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 14 penalty minutes in five playoff games. 

2015-16: Leipsic scored a goal in his first NHL game with the Maple Leafs, a game-winner in a 5-2 victory over Vancouver on February 13th, and skated in six games with Toronto after being recalled from the AHL’s Marlies. He finished with 1 goal and 2 assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in six games with the Leafs, averaging 14 minutes of ice time. Leipsic was the Marlies’ third-leading scorer behind defenseman T.J. Brennan and veteran Mark Arcobello. He scored 20 goals with 34 assists in 65 regular season games and was +16 with 55 penalty minutes. The Marlies finished first in the North Division, reaching the Eastern Conference finals. Leipsic scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 12 penalty minutes through 13 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Leipsic made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015-16 during a six-game call-up in February and was the third-leading scorer for the AHL's Toronto Marlies. One of several undersized but highly-skilled offensive forwards in the Toronto system, he will push for a roster spot in training camp. Entering the third-year of his original entry-level contract, Leipsic projects as a lower line playmaker.

Future

Leipsic made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015-16 during a six-game call-up in February and was the third-leading scorer for the AHL's Toronto Marlies. One of several undersized but highly-skilled offensive forwards in the Toronto system, he will push for a roster spot in training camp. Entering the third-year of his original entry-level contract, Leipsic projects as a lower line playmaker.

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