Nick Leddy – Elite Defenseman #Yup

Jaysusmaryandjoseph, have ya seen this kid?! The Islanders closest thing to a number 1 defenseman has been tearing shit up! The 26 year-old was off to a slow start in the early part of the season. his tally of a donut for goals and 2 assists in 9 games left many, including me, wondering why Doug Weight had counted on him so much.

Enter the turnaround, Leddy has lofted into the elite defensemen category and shows no signs of slowing down. He is in the top 10 in goals (6) and points (11) for all defensemen and by those standards is playing better than 2/3rd of the NHL defensemen, including the likes of P.K. Subban. You could call this MotherF*&^er Mr. Clutch so far this season. To wit his goal against the Flyers in Philly won the game in OT and added his clutch tag.

Since Weight paired him with Johnny Boychuck the two have developed a symbiotic relationship. The two feed off of each other and Leddy is now free to move up ice to threaten from the slot or rush the net.

Check this out.

Did I mention that Mr. Clutch also spent some time chatting with Darren Millard and the Hockey Central team? Because yeah, that happened. Take a listen here.

Despite the hero and zero line by this sites founders Hal and Ked these Isles are the real, scrappy deal. If you haven’t listened to the latest pod,GET ON IT! It’s a great episode. Those two state that the Isles are doing great, but attribute it to home ice. Orange cone, wet spot ice. Maybe, but these guys can play, oh and they are tied for first in the Metro. So, yeah there’s that boys. How’re the Rangers doing?! Suffice it to say, not that well. Granted the franchise rests in the hands of the front office getting their shit together and inking a deal for JT. Why? Oh may because of moves like these?

The Islanders remain undefeated at 8-0-1 in regulation. They are the only team in the league to be undefeated at home, in regulation. Can that be bad ice? Perhaps it is. Or it could the 10,000 hipsters at their first game, drinking craft beer and discussing the relative merits of collecting vinyl or cassettes to prove their street cred. Maybe, but I think the real answer one that Isles fans have thirsted for for the past 30 years. This team offing means it. They are there to win, in Brooklyn, Philly, Ottawa, Anaheim or anywhere else in the NHL.

Author: Isle5cleanup

Yes! Yes! Yes! Keeping the drive for 5 alive from Seattle, but not without the occasional clean up. Been an Islander fan for much longer that I should have been. Seen the ups, the 4 cups and the downs. I guess you could say I am a masochist with a love for hockey and the Blue and Orange. Even when Seattle gets a team, I will always stay true to the Isles. I write about this sport we love and spend a ton of time with my 9 year-old daughter at the rink. I also direct a beginners hockey program. The best thing in the world is helping those kids reach their goals.

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