May 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) is checked by Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) during the second period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Leddy Regular Season
Corsi- 57.1 %
Over/Under Prediction– We had Nick Leddy at 9 goals and 34 assists on the season so he came in just under our predictions.
To be honest I think it’s really hard to give a grade to Nick Leddy thanks in large part to Joel Quenneville and his revolving door of defenseman that were paired with Nick Leddy throughout the season. It seems unfair to hold Leddy to a different standard while Duncan Keith gets to play with Brent Seabrook every night. Leddy played with Michal Rozsival, Sheldon Brookbank, Michael Kostka and David Rundblad throughout the 2013-2014 season yet he’s always questioned the most of all the d-man on his skills.
Leddy of course is more offensive than defensive which still makes you shake your head with his use on the powerplay. Sure he’s on the second unit but he sure should have a bigger role with the man advantage. My biggest frustration with Leddy has been not knowing where to go with the puck when he turns on the jets and explodes into the opponents zone. Too many times he gets below the goal line and has nowhere to go with the puck and in the end it creates an odd man break going the other way. Get into the zone and have a plan with the worst thing being a shot on goal instead of a turnover deep in your own zone.
It always seems strange that once the Hawks get deep in the playoffs that Quenneville starts losing trust in Leddy and thinks guys like Brookbank are a better option. Leddy is a top 6 defenseman with offensive skills that needs a regular partner in 2014-2015.
Leddy will of course be part of trade talks come draft night so just be ready. Leddy is still very young and improving which makes you believe that Stan has no interest in trading him, but it seems like either Leddy or Johnny Oduya will be gone before the start of next season.
Grade– C Leddy wasn’t given any help from his coaching staff but still has tons of potential for years to come.
What is your grade for Leddy?
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