Second Star: Nick Leddy
Jan 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (center) skates between Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom (left) and Winnipeg Jets right wingBlake Wheeler
(right) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
In a week where the Blackhawks’ defense was not at it’s strongest, Nick Leddy continued his consistent play and stood out from the rest. Leddy recorded an assist in his home state of Minnesota, and was even +/- through Chicago’s three losses. Leddy was a force on the forecheck, opting to skate the puck in himself on occasion with great success. Leddy jump-started the Blackhawks’ offensive onslaught of 18 shots in the first period against the Jets with a pair of unselfish passing plays of his own, and was also conservative in the defensive end. Leddy’s minutes neared the 20-mark in all three games as a result of his solid play, and he could be the anchor on defense until the Blackhawks snap out of their sudden funk.