Eden Prairie's Leddy improving with Blackhawks

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Eden Prairie’s Nick Leddy is thriving in Chicago, but state-title memories refuse to fade.

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northstars91May. 7, 1312:14 AM

Trading Leddy was one of the worst decisions in Wild history...

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firefly70May. 7, 1312:59 AM

While plenty of fans still bemoan the Leddy for Cam Barker trade; in the end I still feel it turned out pretty good for the Wild. Think about how different the roster might be if the Wild kept Leddy. Would the Wild have drafted Jonas Brodin if Leddy was currently playing for the Wild and/or if Cam Barker had not turned out to be such a horrible bust? Most likely not. And while Leddy seems to have found his game this season, his first couple of years with the talent-laden Blackhawks was not exactly stellar. Imagine how much he would've struggled with a lesser supporting cast with the Wild the past couple of season.

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firefly70May. 7, 13 1:23 AM

One more point regarding the end result of the Leddy trade, compare the stats of Leddy's first year with Chicago to Brodin's stats in his first season with the Wild. Leddy (age 19) - GP: 46, G:4, A:3, PTs:7, +/-: -3, ATOI: 14:19. Brodin (age 19) - GP: 45, G:2, A:9, PTs:11, +/-: +3, ATOI: 23:13. I think most fans agree Brodin seems like a future All-Star fixture on the blue line for the Wild for quite a few years to come. Brodin seems years ahead of Leddy in development and hockey maturity compared to Leddy's development at the same age. Again, would the Wild have drafted Brodin if Leddy was currently playing for the Wild? Or if Barker had turned out to actually be a good D-man? Maybe the Wild draft for a different position need and Colorado or Dallas pick him instead right after the Wild's pick in that draft. Not a pleasant thought of the Wild having to play against him for years to come in the new realignment.

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firefly70May. 7, 13 3:31 AM

Sorry. Just for clarification, I don't actually think the trade, itself, turned out pretty good for the Wild. The trade, in and of itself, was horrible. What I meant was the residual effects due to the trade ended up being pretty good for the Wild.

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minnystinkMay. 7, 13 6:44 AM

Firefly....No defending this trade. It was one of the worst in Wild history. Also I think it was the owner pushing the young GM to make a splash at the trade deadline that season. Finally, if why not have BOTH Leddy and Brodin...That would look pretty good on the Wilds backend...They were drafing 10th when Brodin was picked and probably would have taken him anyway....So I am not buying your logic on this one....

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mgalaforetMay. 7, 13 7:05 AM

I am glad he is having a nice career, but let's not get carried away. Good offensively, good skater, but the back-end has always been his weakness, along with size. If one takes the +/- for all the Blackhawks defensemen during the regular season, it was +15. He also played the least amount of minutes among the top-6 defensemen, in both the playoffs and regular season. And he is a team worst -2 in the playoffs. Face it, Stoner would have good offensive numbers on the Blackhawks. Leddy may be a second pairing defenseman for the Wild, maybe. Suter and Brodin are definitely much better. Gilbert, while having a poor year, is as well. So that leaves one spot on the second line. Is he better than Scandella? I am not certain, especially considering Marco's size, and abilities on the back-end. Hopefully this will be the last article about the hometown Leddy, but you know that Russo, Blount, Hartman, on and on, can't let it go.

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elmore1May. 7, 13 7:25 AM

What ever happened to Cam Barker?

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JestmanMay. 7, 13 7:59 AM

playing for vancouver.. yeah they are toast.

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siouxchampMay. 7, 13 8:21 AM

It sure was FUN to see Leddy standing in front of the net-doing nothing, when Zucker got his game winner on Sunday! GO WILD!

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geckojayMay. 7, 13 9:54 AM

Leddy, I got no time for a feel good story on a player on the opposing team we're facing in the playoffs.

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