Nick Leddy
Nick Leddy
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The mobile defenseman continued to be an offensive force last season, scoring 10 goals and 42 points in 80 games, but Leddy's officially become a liability in the plus-minus category. He has a minus-54 rating over the last three seasons, including a league-worst minus-42 mark in 2017-18. There seems to be a direct correlation between Leddy's defensive miscues and playing time, as he averaged more than 22 minutes per game in each of his four seasons posting a negative rating. New Islanders coach Barry Trotz would probably love to cut back on Leddy's minutes, but he may not have a choice since all-world center John Tavares and two-way defenseman Calvin de Haan found new teams in the offseason. As a result, one can expect more of the same from Leddy in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract extension with the Islanders in February of 2015.
Scoreless in six straight
DNew York Islanders
April 9, 2019
Leddy finished the regular season by going scoreless in his last six games.
How you view this season for Leddy likely depends on if you're an optimist or a pessimist. The optimist will point out that after finishing last season with a rating of minus-42, he improved that to even this year. The pessimist will point out that he finished this season with four goals and 26 points. Leddy will need to be on top of his defensive game in order for the Islanders to oust the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Fantasy owners had been waiting for Leddy’s 2016-17 campaign for a long time, as he continued his long-term upward trend by setting new career highs in goals (11), points (46) and shots (137) as the Isles’ go-to offensive defenseman. Leddy has increased his scoring for four consecutive seasons, and if he keeps that trend going, he's going to rise into one of the upper tiers of fantasy blueliners. At 26 years old, there’s certainly room for continued growth, and Leddy will have plenty of opportunities by virtue of being his team’s top offensive defenseman and often sharing the ice with John Tavares’ powerful first line. The only thing holding him back may be the guys behind him in goal, as both Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss are back after mediocre 2016-17 campaigns; the Isles’ issues in net have certainly contributed to Leddy finishing with negative ratings for the past two seasons.
Fresh off a massive seven-year deal with the Islanders heading into last season, Leddy had plenty of bigwigs counting on him for production. The 2015 portion of the 2015-16 season couldn't have gone much worse, though, as the defenseman only contributed 12 points -- and no goals -- while averaging more than 20 minutes a game. However, once the calendar flipped to 2016, the Islanders were rewarded for their patience, as the 2013 Stanley Cup champion put up 28 points in 43 games and looked more like the player they thought they were signing. The Islanders are likely to be expecting their power-play quarterback to build upon last season and find more consistency this year. Leddy has never been seen as much of a shooter, nor are his shooting percentages indicative of any potential rise in goal scoring, but he's a legitimate playmaker who's cemented in the top four of an Isles defensive corps short on offensive firepower.
From a third-pairing piece on a Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks team to a top-line defenseman on Long Island, in the span of just 12 months, Leddy has become an invaluable member of a burgeoning Islanders core. Playing in 78 games, Leddy had the best offensive season of his young career, scoring 10 goals and 27 assists. He also contributed on the power play, scoring a goal and 11 assists with the man advantage. One of the best skaters on the blue line in the league, the 24-year-old Leddy is now rounding into form as one of the better defensemen around. With an improved scoring touch and plenty of ice time -- he logged more than 20 minutes per game last season, a figure that should increase -- Leddy's reputation is growing, and he could emerge as a 45- or 50-point player within a few years.
Leddy has strong puck-moving skills and at 23 years old, still has youth on his side. But his offensive numbers seem to have flat-lined (seven goals and 24 assists) even though the team gave him more of a green light to shoot. He continues to run hot-and-cold with his coaches, but we're hoping that each passing year brings a little more maturity to his game. We're hoping for 35-plus points this season.
Leddy is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle. By the end of the playoffs, he barely saw the ice (and we really mean barely). But then the team inked him to a two-year contract extension after the season. What gives? They must like him for the future, so maybe the reduced ice time was just a response to his developmental needs. It's hard to anticipate his production in 2013-14; for now, it's a wait and see.
Depending on who you ask, Leddy has been a disappointment or a success in his first two NHL seasons. But many forget that he only turned 21 last March and he still pulled off a three-goal, 34-assist season. Those 34 assists ranked him in the top 15 NHL defensemen. Expect him to continue to grow his game both offensively and defensively, and add another five or six points to last year's total.
Leddy, an up-and-coming defenseman for the Blackhawks, just turned 20 years old last March. He benefited from the Blackhawks’ salary cap problems as he saw time on the NHL team in 2010-11, when he was originally expected to be a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. He skated in 46 games for the Blackhawks and registered four goals and three assists. With a year under his belt, the team is expecting him to be on the ice from the first game, seeing ice time as a defenseman on the power play.
The Blackhawks apparently have much love for this kid. Why else would they give up Cam Barker only to ink Leddy to a three-year deal this past offseason after he had put in just one year with Minnesota at the collegiate level? A late offseason injury to defenseman Brian Campbell could open the door wide open for the quick-skating Leddy to crack the big-league roster and make an immediate impact with the defending Champs in 2010-11.
Leddy has amazing skating ability and his potential is sky high. He's committed to the University of Minnesota, so he could go that route this season. He could be a huge-scoring defenseman once he hits his prime in the NHL, though that's probably a few years away.
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Records two points
DNew York Islanders
March 10, 2019
Leddy posted a goal and an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday.
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Lends assist in win
DNew York Islanders
March 6, 2019
Leddy earned an assist and three blocked shots over 23:17 of ice time and 4:22 of power-play ice time Tuesday against the Senators.
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Scoreless in 11 straight
DNew York Islanders
February 15, 2019
Leddy hasn't registered a point in his last 11 games.
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Bagging apples frequently
DNew York Islanders
January 17, 2019
Leddy dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
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Only one goal this season
DNew York Islanders
January 9, 2019
Leddy only has one goal and 13 assists in 41 games so far this season.
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