Leddy with the New York Islanders in January 2015
March 20, 1991 |
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)|
|New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||16th overall, 2009
Nicholas Michael Leddy (born March 20, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
After a solid sophomore year at Eden Prairie High School, Leddy recorded five goals and 22 assists for a total of 27 points in his junior year. These numbers propelled Leddy to second-team all-Metro and earned him an honorable mention for all-state honors in Minnesota. The USA Hockey National Team Development Program and USA Hockey acknowledged Leddy as one of the best young players in the nation, but instead of heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to join the USNTDP, Leddy chose to finish his high school career with his teammates, and returned to Eden Prairie for his senior year. Leddy posted 12 goals and 33 assists for a total of 45 points during that 2008-09 season, earning him the prestigious Minnesota "Mr. Hockey" award and the title of Metro Player of the Year by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune en route to a state title win over Moorhead High School. In addition, the Associated Press named Leddy to first-team all-state. Leddy was also awarded a position on the Class AA all-state tournament team.
As a freshman at the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2009-10, Leddy scored a power-play goal in a 6-1 rout of the University of British Columbia in his NCAA debut. Shortly afterward, however, Leddy suffered a broken jaw against Alaska-Anchorage on October 30, 2009. This injury caused Leddy to miss eight early-season games. When he returned to the lineup Leddy scored his first career goal in his second game back in a win at Minnesota State on December 5, 2009. In early January 2009, Leddy collected an assist in each game of the Golden Gophers' rout of Harvard, and soon followed up with two more assists against Alaska-Anchorage later in the month. He was named WCHA Rookie of the Week after a three-point game against Colorado College on February 20, 2010, scoring the game-winning goal with two assists. Shortly after having his NHL draft rights traded from Minnesota to Chicago on February 12, 2010, Leddy heated up in February, tallying four assists, five points, 21 shots on goal and a plus-4 rating for the month. He carried that momentum into March, scoring yet another power-play goal against Wisconsin on March 7, 2010. Leddy ultimately was named the team's Rookie of the Year after playing 30 games and ranking third among the team's defensemen in points with 11. He led the team in plus/minus (plus-6), all while maintaining excellent discipline on the ice: Leddy committed just two penalties all season. The Golden Gophers were 7-1 when Leddy had at least one point.
He was drafted in the first round, 16th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On February 12, 2010, the Minnesota Wild traded Leddy's NHL rights to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Kim Johnsson in exchange for Cam Barker. University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia stated in September 2009 that he foresaw Leddy spending at least two years in development with the Golden Gophers before making his transition to the NHL and a professional career. On July 27, 2010 it was reported by the Chicago Tribune that the Blackhawks had agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.7 million contract with defenseman Nick Leddy, who will turn professional and leave the University of Minnesota after playing one season, according to his agent, Neil Sheehy. "(Leddy) is really smooth out there and I think he's going to be a Blackhawk for many years," general manager Stan Bowman said July 12 at the conclusion of the Hawks' Prospects Camp.
Leddy played his first NHL game on October 8, 2010 against the Colorado Avalanche and scored his first NHL goal on October 11, 2010 against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. He was a member of the Blackhawks team that won the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Shortly after the victory, Leddy signed a two-year contract extension with them.
On October 4, 2014, Leddy was traded to the New York Islanders in return for Ville Pokka, T. J. Brennan, and Anders Nilsson. Leddy and the Islanders agreed to terms on a 7-year $38.5 million contract, on February 24, 2015.
|Competitor for USA|
|World Junior Championships|
Leddy's high school and post-secondary career was supplemented with intermittent international play and development. He was a member of the U.S. squad in both the under-17 and under-18 Five Nations tournaments in the Czech Republic. In addition, Leddy participated in the 2009 U.S. under-18 evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. in association with USA Hockey and the USA Olympic team. Leddy had three goals and two assists in just five games at Lake Placid. .
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Eden Prairie Eagles||MNHS||28||2||16||18||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Eden Prairie Eagles||MNHS||27||6||22||28||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||U.S. National Development Team||USDP||4||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Eden Prairie Eagles||MNHS||31||12||33||45||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||University of Minnesota||WCHA||30||3||8||11||4||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Wild send Johnsson, Leddy to Blackhawks for Barker". Tsn.ca. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Nelson, Loren. "Minnesota's 100 Greatest Players." MN Hockey Hub. Star Tribune. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
- Post your comment: Title (Optional) Your comments: (2009-10-09). "Wild sees Leddy at U for two or three years". StarTribune.com. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Kuc, Chris (2010-07-27). "Nick Leddy: Chicago Blackhawks prospect signs three-year deal". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "Islanders acquire defencemen Boychuk, Leddy". The Sports Network. 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
- "Nick Leddy's deal worth $38.5M". ESPN. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
- "Nick Leddy Bio - Gophersports.com - Official Web Site of University of Minnesota Athletics". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
|Awards and achievements|
|Minnesota Mr. Hockey
|Minnesota Wild first round draft pick