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Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) stops a shot by New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) stops a shot by New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Defense: Nick Leddy

Ain’t nobody that skates as smoothly as Nick Leddy does. At least not between these two teams that is.

When Nick Leddy was acquired by Garth Snow from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade that included Kent Simpson for T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and the rights to Anders Nilsson, it completely revitalized this franchise.

Yes. I know Johnny Boychuk was acquired in a trade from the Bruins for two second-round picks and a third on the same day. Yes. I love Johnny too. But Leddy is just a better all-around guy. He does everything well.

Like Hamilton earlier in the listing, Leddy is on pace to surpass his single-season high of 40 points. In 62 games played, Leddy has 34 points, putting him on pace for 44 points.

Leddy is that one stud defenseman every team needs. A player that can retrieve pucks from the defensive end and spearhead the attack going the other way. AND he can put up points to boot.

Sure, not at the same rate as those Norris boys in Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and Victor Headman but 40-50 points is a fantastic haul and good enough to sit in the top 20 of the NHL defensive scoring charts.

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