Nov 29, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 2-1 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
On This Date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On February 12, 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild made a trade. The Blackhawks sent Cam Barker to the Wild in exchange for Kim Johnnson and prospect Nick Leddy. To say Cam Barker was a bust of a draft pick is an understatement, Barker was the #3 overall pick in the 2004 draft and currently is playing in the AHL. Barker after leaving Chicago in 2010 has played in 110 NHL Games scoring 4 goals and 12 assists before leaving for the Texas Stars.
The throw in was Nick Leddy and he’s grown into a solid NHL defenseman and Stanley Cup champion. Leddy has another gear and when he gets skating is probably one of the fastest defenseman in the NHL. Leddy playthis season is even more satisfying since he’s been stuck looking over at a different D pairing each night as Coach Quenneville has been rotating Michal Rozsival, Sheldon Brookbank, and Michael Kostka all season long.
Leddy already has 236 games under his NHL belt scoring 19 times with 66 assists and a Stanley Cup all at the age of 22 with his best hockey years still ahead of him. It’s safe to say this was one of the better trades in Blackhawks history.
On this date 4 years ago, the Minnesota Wild made a trade they will regret for a long time and the Hawks stole a very good player! What is your favorite Leddy play?
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