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Chicago Blackhawks 2013-2014 Over/Under Preview: Nick Leddy

By Brian Kinkade

Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

After being rushed to the NHL, at the beginning of the 2010-2011 season, as a result of the post-cup salary cap purge, Nick Leddy struggled to find consistency, in the NHL.  Even after some premature NHL experience, under his belt, Leddy struggled to find consistency once again, in the 2011-2012 season.

Then came the lockout…

While the NHL season was put on hold, Leddy went down to the Rockford Ice Hogs, of the AHL.  Instead of being rushed to develop into an NHL defenseman at the NHL level, Leddy was allowed the chance to finally add some natural development to his game, at the minor-league level.  That, plus the confidence boost of playing top-minutes in a league that he could be top player in, helped Leddy make a gigantic step forward in his development in 2013.

After the lockout, Leddy returned to being a defenseman at the NHL level, for the Chicago Blackhawks, except this time he was able to find that consistency that had always eluded him.

Say what you want about his dismal post-season, it’s impossible to look at 2013 as anything but a positive for Nick Leddy.  He is back on his natural developmental track, as he is in the NHL, on a 3rd defensive pairing, and at age 22, he has plenty of room to rise.

Look for Leddy to take another step forward in his development as an offensive-minded defenseman, in the 2013-2014 season.  Like I said, he is only 22, and has far more experience than your typical 22 year old defenseman, so the ceiling is very high, for Nick Leddy.  We’ll see what happens, but the future is bright for number 8.

The over/under for Leddy is set at 9 goals and 34 assists. What do you think?