DETROIT ACQUIRES DEFENSEMAN NICK LEDDY FROM NY ISLANDERS FOR RIGHT WING RICHARD PANIK AND SECOND-ROUND PICK IN 2021 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
The Detroit Red Wings have acquired defenseman Nick Leddy from the New York Islanders in exchange for right wing Richard Panik and Edmonton’s second-round pick (52nd overall) in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, the Red Wings will retain 50 percent of Panik’s salary.
Leddy, 30, led Islanders defensemen in scoring in 2020-21 with 31 points (2-29-31) and eight penalty minutes in 56 games, while adding six points (0-6-6) and two penalty minutes in 19 postseason games as New York reached the Eastern Conference Final for the second-consecutive season. Leddy played seven seasons for the Islanders, cracking double-digit goals on three occasions as well as producing three-straight seasons with 40-or-more points, notching a career-best 46 points (11-35-46) in 81 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Over his 776-game NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks and Islanders, the 6-foot, 207-pound blueliner has produced 336 points (65-271-336) and 145 penalty minutes, while logging 33 points (7-26-33) and 12 penalty minutes in 121 playoff games. In his second full NHL campaign, Leddy helped Chicago win the 2013 Stanley Cup championship, posting 18 points (6-12-18) in 48 regular-season games and adding two assists in 22 playoff games.
Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Leddy skated in parts of two American Hockey League seasons with the Rockford IceHogs between 2010-13 before earning a full-time NHL role, registering 26 points (5-21-26) and 14 penalty minutes in 53 games. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native played one season at the University of Minnesota (2009-10) prior to turning professional, logging 11 points (3-8-11) and four penalty minutes in 30 games. He also won bronze with the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, with three points (0-3-3) in six games for his country. Prior to his collegiate career, Leddy played high school hockey in Minnesota where he was named Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 2009 to cap off his career at Eden Prairie High.