David Legwand

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David Legwand
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Born (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 34)
Detroit, MI, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Nashville Predators
Detroit Red Wings
National team  United States
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 1998
Nashville Predators
Playing career 1999–present

David A. Legwand (born August 17, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played in the NHL with the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings.

Playing career[edit]

Nashville Predators[edit]

Legwand attended Grosse Pointe North High School. He played his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In the season before he was drafted, he scored 54 goals along with 51 assists, totaling 105 points. He also won the Red Tilson Award as the most outstanding player in the league. This raised his profile to the NHL scouts and led to him being drafted 2nd overall by the Nashville Predators in 1998, behind NHL All-Star Vincent Lecavalier. He was briefly called up late in the team's inaugural season, and has spent most of his NHL career with the Predators. He currently holds many franchise record for the Predators, including most games played, goals, assists, and points.[1]

During the NHL 2004–05 lockout season, Legwand played for the Swiss team EHC Basel.

Legwand became the first NHL player to score on a penalty shot in overtime on December 23, 2000 against the New York Rangers.[2]

After several first round playoff exits, Legwand and the Predators advanced to the second round for the first time in franchise history and his career in 2011. The Predators were defeated by the eventual Western Conference Champions Vancouver Canucks in 6 games.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

On March 5, 2014, in the final year of his contract with the Predators and out of playoff contention, Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Patrick Eaves, Calle Järnkrok, and a conditional 2014 draft pick, ending his 15-year career in Nashville.[3] He left Nashville as the franchise's all-time leader in all offensive categories and games played, with 956 appearances.

Ottawa Senators[edit]

On July 4, 2014, Legwand signed a two-year, $6 million free agent contract with the Ottawa Senators. The move came after the Senators traded star centre Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Detroit Ambassadors NAHL 44 21 41 62 58
1997–98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 59 54 51 105 56 15 8 12 20 24
1998–99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 55 31 49 80 65 11 3 8 11 8
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 71 13 15 28 30
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 81 13 28 41 38
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 63 11 19 30 54
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 31 48 34
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 18 29 47 46 6 1 0 1 8
2004–05 EHC Basel NLB 3 6 2 8 2 19 16 23 39 20
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 44 7 19 26 34 5 0 1 1 8
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 78 27 36 63 44 5 0 3 3 2
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 65 15 29 44 38 3 1 0 1 2
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 73 20 22 42 32
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 11 27 38 24 6 2 5 7 8
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 24 41 24 12 6 3 9 8
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 78 19 34 53 26 10 3 3 6 10
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 48 12 13 25 20
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 62 10 30 40 30
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 4 7 11 31 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 977 214 363 577 505 52 13 15 28 46

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 0 0 0 2
1999 United States WJC 8th 6 1 3 4 31
1999 United States WC 6th 6 0 2 2 4
2000 United States WC 5th 6 1 1 2 4
2001 United States WC 4th 9 2 4 6 4
2005 United States WC 6th 7 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 13 1 3 4 33
Senior totals 28 3 8 11 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Legwand player statistics". hockeydb.com. 2013-04-27. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Predators Rally and Finish Rangers on Penalty Shot". NY Times. 2000-12-23. Retrieved 2000-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Red Wings acquire forward David Legwand from Nashville". National Hockey League. 2014-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Senators sign F Legwand to two-year contract". The Sports Network. 2014-07-04. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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Preceded by
Franchise created
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Brian Finley