I have talked to almost no end recently about the talent that fills the Chicago Blackhawks roster. You can obviously always find areas to critique and criticize, but overall the team is widely talented and has an enormous amount of potential.
One such player that started to impress me last season was defenseman Nick Leddy. Last season Leddy was the third best defensemen on the roster which resulted in him landing a two-year contract to keep him in Chicago.
Leddy spent a lot of the NHL playoffs last season warming the bench. He isn’t the most in your face player and is never at the top of the leaderboards in terms of goal scoring, which is to be expected of a defenseman.
All of that may remain true, but Leddy is sill important to the Hawks. The kid is just plain fast. He may only be 22 years old, but he is a veteran of the game. He has used his time in the league to harness his speed, which is truly his greatest asset. I would go as far to call him the fastest guy on the roster.
It seems like Leddy is always the first to be seen in the action and is always used where he is needed. He does not make selfish or compromising moves out on the ice. He is a smart and talented skater who keeps relatively quiet, but at the same time he skates up out of nowhere and drives the puck hard to the net.
This season has played host to more of Leddy out on the ice. He is becoming a more and more commanding offensive presence with two goals and six assists so far this season. Leddy is a reliable skater who always seems to appear when a teammate needs him the most.
Leddy is maturing more and more as a skater and improving his ranking within the Hawks roster. I think that if he continues, he will see more ice time as well as more points up on the scoreboard.
I personally like that Leddy is a skater that I remember as soon as he hits the ice and is pushed to the back of my mind when he takes to the bench. This is the mark of a player who knows how to skate in and get the job done, which the Blackhawks are going to need to do if they want to get to the top of the Western Conference and go on to protect their Stanley Cup title.