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Greg’s Report Cards: Sami Lepisto

By Greg Boysen

GP   G   A   P   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   GWG   SOG   S%

26     1    2    3     3        4          0          0          0            19     5.3     Regular Season

0       0   0   0    -3        0          0          0          0              1      0.0    Playoffs

Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent

For whatever reason, Sami Lepisto never really fit into Coach Q’s plans.  That never made much sense to me.  Lepisto is a decent puck moving defenseman, which we all know Q loves.  You could do a lot worse than Sami Lepisto as your 6th defenseman.  In fact, the Blackhawks did do a lot worse than Lepsito by sending out the likes of Sean O’Donnell and John Scott on the ice.  When Lepisto did get the chance to play he wasn’t terrible.  He has decent defensive instincts and pretty good speed.  Q refused to give Lepisto a lot of minutes when he was in the lineup.  He only averaged 10:34 of ice time a game, the lowest of his career.  Last year he averaged 17:33 while splitting time between Phoenix and Columbus.  He has shown that he can eat up minutes but was never given a chance to do that here in Chicago.  I would have no problems if the Blackhawks resign Lepisto to be the 7th defenseman next season.

2011-2012 Final Grade: C