|Assets:||Is a tremendous skater with outstanding mobility and acceleration. Can lead the rush and set up teammates with great vision and passing skills. Is willing to initiate contact and take a hit to make plays in the defensive zone.|
|Flaws:||Isn't overly big and will need to continue adding bulk to his 5-11 frame in order to better handle big forwards at the National Hockey League level. Also needs to improve his shooting accuracy (and frequency).|
|Career Potential:||Mobile offensive defenseman with upside.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2012-13 (Chicago)|
|10/04/2014||Acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|7/03/2013||Re-signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a two-year contract.|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|9/15/2012||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|2/26/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|2/25/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|2/15/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|2/13/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|1/31/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|1/26/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|1/20/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|1/17/2011||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|1/07/2011||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|10/17/2010||Assigned to Rockford (AHL).|
|7/27/2010||Signed by the Chicago Blackhawks to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|2/12/2010||Acquired from the Minnesota Wild.|
|10/04/2014||New York Islanders traded T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and Anders Nilsson to the Chicago Blackhawks for Nick Leddy and Kent Simpson.|
|2/12/2010||Chicago Blackhawks traded Cam Barker to the Minnesota Wild for Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.|
|6/26/2009||Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 1st round (16th overall) in 2009.|
Nick Leddy scores in Game 2 loss | 05/22/2014 11:46 AM
NewsNick Leddy netted his first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday.
ImpactHe scored on a pretty backhander on a breakaway to open the scoring in the first period. The marker was his first in 27 games, dating back to the regular season. Leddy has four points and 13 shots in 13 postseason contests. The Blackhawks ended up losing the match 6-2, so their series with the Kings is tied at 1-1 going to Los Angeles.
Nick Leddy will return in Game 4 on Friday | 05/08/2014 1:15 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, Nick Leddy will return to Chicago's lineup in Game 4 Friday night.
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ImpactHe was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Wild. Leddy, who is a Minnesota-native, will get to play in front of family and friends in his return from the press box.
Nick Leddy won't stay in the press box | 05/08/2014 11:39 AM
NewsCoach Joel Quenneville said that Nick Leddy will get another chance to play in Chicago's second-round series against Minnesota.
ImpactHe was a healthy scratch for Game 3 and it hasn't been confirmed yet if he'll play in Game 4 on Friday night. "I still think he'll be a big part of this series and success going forward," Quenneville said. "We're going to need him here, and we want him to be a part of it." Leddy has two assists in eight 2014 postseason contests.
Hawks chose to scratch Nick Leddy Tuesday | 05/07/2014 8:41 AM
NewsNick Leddy was a healthy scratch Tuesday.
ImpactHe was benched for most of Game 2 against Minnesota on Sunday. Sheldon Brookbank took his spot on the back end. Leddy played in 296 consecutive games, including 44 playoff matches, before being sent to the press box for Game 3. Coach Joel Quenneville said the decision was more about rewarding Brookbank than punishing Leddy.
Coach Q benches Nick Leddy in Game 2 | 05/05/2014 2:40 PM
NewsNick Leddy was benched in Sunday's 4-1 victory over Minnesota after he played the most of any player in the first period.
ImpactHe logged just 46 seconds in the third period and he ended up with 13:48 of ice time. Leddy's defensive shortcomings placed him in coach Joel Quenneville's doghouse for parts of the playoffs last year as well.
Hawks' Nick Leddy has been heating up | 03/23/2014 6:49 AM
NewsNick Leddy has been contributing offensively of late.
ImpactHe has a goal and three assists in his past four games. On the season, Leddy has recorded 29 points and a plus-16 rating in 71 contests.
Nick Leddy looks forward to outdoor game | 03/01/2014 9:38 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks are no stranger to outdoor games, but Saturday's contest at Soldier Field will still be a first for some players.
ImpactNick Leddy can be counted among those that hasn't experienced an outdoor game before. "It reminds me of the pond in my back yard when I was younger," Leddy said. "My dad would always be icing, making sure it was always smooth for us. It brings me back to my younger days. You're letting the wind hit your face, it's definitely a different atmosphere." This is Chicago's second outdoor contest and Pittsburgh's third.
Nick Leddy earns 2 points Monday night | 02/04/2014 8:42 AM
NewsNick Leddy notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 5-3 win over Los Angeles.
ImpactHis sixth goal of the season snapped an 18-game goalless drought. Leddy earned just three assists over his slump. He has 23 points and a plus-13 rating in 58 contests this season.
Nick Leddy has rotating defense partners | 01/16/2014 11:17 AM
NewsNick Leddy plays on Chicago's third defense pairing, which means his partner changes nearly on a nightly basis.
ImpactThe Blackhawks rotate Mike Rozsival, Sheldon Brookbank and Michael Kostka as their sixth defenseman. Rozsival has occupied the spot the most this season. Leddy was asked if it's tough for him to adjust to the different styles of each defense partner, but he said it's harder for them to stay focused and ready each outing knowing that two of them won't be playing.
Leddy's game improving this season | 12/30/2013 11:32 AM
NewsNick Leddy is playing much better hockey this season.
ImpactHe is really beginning to blossom and has been more effetive shooting and joining the rush this campaign. Leddy has five goals and 18 points in 41 games and is well ahead of his pace last season in almost all offensive categories. If Leddy is available on your wire, grab him.
Nick Leddy posts two points against Devils | 12/24/2013 7:35 AM
NewsNick Leddy netted a power-play goal and added an assist in Monday's 5-2 win over New Jersey.
ImpactHe has generated four points in his last five games. Leddy has 18 points in 39 games this year, which has already matched his season total from the truncated 2013 campaign.
Nick Leddy scores his 3rd goal on Tuesday | 12/04/2013 8:56 AM
NewsNick Leddy registered seven shots and scored in Chicago's 4-3 loss to Dallas on Tuesday night.
ImpactThe Hawks blueliner has three goals and 13 points in 29 games this campaign. Leddy is on pace for another season of just over 35 points in 2013-14, which could warrant him some attention in deeper leagues.
Nick Leddy heats up for Chicago Blackhawks | 11/03/2013 9:26 AM
NewsChicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy is suddenly becoming more than just a promising blueliner lost in the Hawks' high-end shuffle.
ImpactLeddy has eight points in 14 games, which is already fairly promising. That makes him especially worth monitoring is how well he's played in the last four games. In that time, he has two goals and three assists for five points, a bit chunk of his season total. He's not getting a ton of TOI so this might be a matter of puck luck, though.
Leddy motivated to face old team Saturday | 10/26/2013 12:25 PM
NewsNick Leddy, who was born in the state of Minnesota and drafted by the Wild, will be plenty motivated Saturday and Monday of this week when the Blackhawks play back to back games against his former team.
ImpactLeddy has been steady this season registering three points and a plus two rating in 10 games. Those who drafted him expecting a breakout, will likely be disappointed as he still plays behind Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. That said, Leddy is progressing nicely. He is a perfect fantasy depth defenceman.
Sharps sets up Leddy's goals on Saturday | 09/29/2013 11:14 AM
NewsNick Leddy displayed some on-ice chemistry with Patrick Sharp on Saturday.
ImpactSharp assisted on both of Leddy's goals. "Sharpie makes a great play, all of a sudden Nick jumps in the gut and anticipates a nice pass," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, describing one of the goals. "He has a good shot. Especially when you're in the middle of the ice, just fire and might get action off (the shots)." Leddy is a solid offensive defenseman and could end up with 35-40 points in 2013-14.
Nick Leddy shows off offensive promise | 09/28/2013 11:19 PM
NewsNick Leddy scored twice and added an assist as the Blackhawks edged the Capitals 4-3 in overtime of their preseason finale Saturday night.
ImpactThe defenseman had 18 points in 48 games last year and could get 35-40 points in a full campaign, with a good amount of those coming on the power play. Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw (game-winner, plus an assist) potted the other markers. Nikolai Khabibulin struggled, making just 12 saves in the win. Mikhail Grabovski recorded a goal and an assist, while Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward notched the other goals for the Caps. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 36 shots.
Hawks like mobile game of D Nick Leddy | 09/25/2013 9:03 AM
NewsCoach Joel Quenneville likes the puck-handling skills and mobility of defenseman Nick Leddy.
Impact"That's the strength of his game, when he evades that first guy and comes with speed on that attack," Quenneville said after Chicago's 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. "He had a couple of nice looks in overtime and on a power-play entry or two. He's dynamic when he has that element in his game. It's a great asset to have, and utilizing it more often is what we're looking for." Leddy registered 18 points and a plus-15 rating in 48 games last season, but he saw his ice time diminish in the playoffs. It's expected that he'll get back on track this season.
Report: Blackhawks re-sign Nick Leddy | 07/03/2013 6:16 PM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks re-signed Nick Leddy, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.
ImpactThe Blackhawks are expected to announce the deal shortly after publicly stating their desire to re-sign Leddy. According to the Sun-Times, it's believed to be a two-year contract for the restricted free agent. Leddy had six goals and 18 points in 48 games last season.
Blackhawks aim to re-sign Nick Leddy | 07/03/2013 10:16 AM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks plan to re-sign Nick Leddy.
ImpactLeddy is scheduled to become a restricted free agent. He had six goals and 18 points in 48 games last season. He came with a $1,116,666 annual cap hit and will probably get a raise.
Blackhawks plan to re-sign Nick Leddy | 06/28/2013 8:56 AM
NewsNick Leddy is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
ImpactLeddy's old contract came with a $1,116,666 annual cap hit. "We want to bring Nick back," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "I've talked to his agent (Neil Sheehy) and I expect to get a contract done with him. That's one of the things on the list we have to get accomplished here. We're not letting Nick go. We're going to keep him here. I'm not concerned about offer sheets." Leddy had six goals and 12 assists in 48 games last season.
Nick Leddy sees little ice time in Game 5 | 06/23/2013 7:15 AM
NewsNick Leddy saw only 6:53 minutes of action in Game 5.
ImpactThis is after seeing only 2:37 minutes in Game 4. Coach Joel Quenneville said after Game 4 that the lack of ice time had more to do with how the game was going than anything else and that Leddy would be used more in Game 5. While Leddy did see more ice time, he did not see any playing time again after being on the ice for the Bruins lone goal in the third period.
More ice time for Hawks' Nick Leddy tonight | 06/22/2013 10:22 AM
NewsDefenseman Nick Leddy played just two minutes, 37 seconds in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final series, by far his lowest total in some time, in the Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins. Coach Joel Quenneville said it had more to do with how the game was going than anything else, and that Leddy will be used more in Game 5. "I think we expect Nick to get back to playing more in tomorrow's game," Quenneville said. "I think as the game progressed last game, not getting him out there against the match-up that we were looking for was there, too. Then late in the game we didn't go there. I thought the five guys in our rotation were getting the job done."
ImpactCoach Joel Quenneville said it had more to do with how the game was going than anything else, and that Leddy will be used more in Game 5. "I think we expect Nick to get back to playing more in (tonight's) game," Quenneville said. "I think as the game progressed last game, not getting him out there against the match-up that we were looking for was there, too. Then late in the game we didn't go there. I thought the five guys in our rotation were getting the job done."
Nick Leddy isn't focused on Game 4 ice time | 06/21/2013 5:01 PM
NewsNick Leddy downplayed his lack of playing time in Game 4.
ImpactLeddy ended up with just 2:37 minutes in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win. "I think it could've been just how the game is going. But my focus isn't on that; it's just more on being ready," he said. "(It's difficult). You're sitting there and obviously you want to be out there playing. You just have to stay with it." Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he's looking forward to getting Leddy more involved in Game 5 on Saturday.
Nick Leddy rides the bench in Game 4 | 06/20/2013 1:10 AM
NewsChicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy received just 2:37 of ice time in Game 4 despite Wednesday night's game spilling into overtime.
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ImpactAfter the match against the Boston Bruins, head coach Joel Quenneville simply said that Leddy is "fine." He can be cryptic, but the indication is that he's not in a good place. It wouldn't be shocking if he was a healthy scratch in Game 5.
Leddy may get more ice time with Keith out | 06/06/2013 2:50 PM
NewsNick Leddy may get a bump in ice time and responsibility Thursday night with Duncan Keith suspended for Game 4.
ImpactHe might play alongside Brent Seabrook again after skating on the third pairing of late. Leddy hasn't seen more than 15:36 of ice time in his past nine playoff games. He has two assists and a minus-5 rating in 15 postseason contests.
Nick Leddy takes big step forward | 04/03/2013 8:48 AM
NewsNick Leddy has taken a big step forward this season.
ImpactLeddy's 16 points in 35 games is nothing new for him, but he's improved defensively in 2013. "He's probably the guy I'm most impressed with this season," said teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson. "I knew he was a great skater and great offensively. But I'm most impressed this year with how he plays in the defensive zone and around the net. He has a great stick. The way he plays defensively this year is a step up." Leddy credits playing for AHL Rockford during the lockout for some of his improvements and helping him build confidence. Leddy ranks third on the team with a plus-16 rating.
Nick Leddy has a career-high five goals | 03/27/2013 8:09 AM
NewsNick Leddy found the back of the net on Tuesday.
ImpactLeddy has three goals and five points in his last five games. That hot streak has brought him up to a career-high of five goals this season. Leddy is emerging as one of the league's better offensive defenseman, but his playing time is still limited behind the Blackhawks' strong core of blueliners.
Nick Leddy helped by minor league play | 03/11/2013 5:49 AM
NewsNick Leddy was helped out by playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL during the lockout.
Impact"My plus-minus is a lot better, which is good," Leddy said. "I definitely feel a lot more comfortable. I think playing in Rockford (during the lockout) and gaining that confidence definitely helped out." Leddy has been a regular on the power play as he is fifth on the Blackhawks in TOI and has had a goal and three assists on the pp and two goals and seven assists overall. He is worth selecting in keeper leagues as he is still only 21.
Nick Leddy to wear cage, play against Preds | 02/10/2013 11:44 AM
NewsLook for Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy to be in the lineup after suffering a facial injury late in Thursday's game against the Coyotes.
ImpactLeddy needed some dental work on Thursday and will likely wear a wire cage to protect his face Sunday, but he's in no danger of missing the tilt against Nashville. He did, however, say the cage may limit his vision on the ice. "A little bit, because I'm so used to a visor," Leddy said. "That's clear and this has bars. It'll take a little getting used to, but it'll be fine." Keep Leddy active if you normally would.
Nick Leddy improved game in the minors | 01/28/2013 8:21 AM
NewsNick Leddy improved his game with his stint in the AHL during the lockout.
ImpactLeddy wanted to improve his defense as his offensive game has been strong during his two NHL seasons. "He's got a better stick, he's coming up with some loose pucks and when he starts the rush from our end he can alleviate that pressure and skate by people," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's been good on power-play entries as well; and he's got a good shot. He's been playing different kind of minutes against different kind of guys. We're comfortable against any kind of matchup with him out there but there's been overall improvement in his game." Leddy picked up the overtime winner on Sunday and now has a goal and five points in six games. Grab in if you can as there are not a lot of scoring defensemen in the NHL at this time.
|Goals||1||5 times-last:at Pit||last:Nov 21||1|
|Assists||1||4 times-last:at TB||last:Nov 15||2|
|Points||2||vs. SJ||Oct 16||2|
|Penalty Minutes||2||3 times-last:vs. Col||last:Nov 11||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||at NYR||Oct 14||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||21 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Nov 24||1|
|Power Play Points||0||21 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Nov 24||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||21 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Nov 24||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||21 times-last:vs. Phi||last:Nov 24||0|
|Shots||5||2 times-last:at Pit||last:Nov 21||7|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Chi)|
|Penalty Minutes||10||3 times-last: 2013-14 (Chi)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2013-14 (Chi)|
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