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Last Season’s Stats: 4 goals, 3 assists and 7 points (46 games)
Picture this: One day, I was sitting at home with my father, watching the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships.
There was a very impressive young defenseman, one whose name seemed very familiar.
Not only did he impress me with his great playing ability, he also impressed my father — a very tough thing to do.
So imagine my surprise and satisfaction when I turned on a Chicago Blackhawks game, only to find this young man wearing the Indian Head logo.
He received a lot more playing time with the Blackhawks after his phenomenal performance for Team USA at the World Juniors.
The Nick Leddy I saw during that tournament is the Nick Leddy the Chicago Blackhawks need.
He was a great two-way player, with superb transitions, skating ability, and puck awareness.
He is a very responsible defenseman and always knows the big picture. He takes away opportunities from the opposing team and creates them for the 'Hawks.
If Leddy can bring his World Juniors game this season and become a little more physical, anyone who did not watch that tournament will be pleasantly surprised.