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New York Islanders Nick Leddy Voted Third Fastest Skater

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against Nikita Zaitsev #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during their game at the Barclays Center on October 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against Nikita Zaitsev #22 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during their game at the Barclays Center on October 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The NHLPA conducts a vote with their players every year on a number of topics. One was on the fastest skaters in the league, and New York Islanders Nick Leddy made the cut.

We already know that New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy is one of the better skaters in the league. He’s nimble and graceful with what amounts to Ginsu blades strapped to his feet.

His ability to, as Kelly Hrudey said back in 2016 to find ways to skate himself out of trouble is well known and well documented. But what we often forget is his speed.

Listen, we know he’s fast. We’ve seen Nick Leddy leave the defensive zone carrying the puck into the offensive zone. Just like in this highlight against the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. but I think we take for granted just how quick Leddy actually is.

Players See It

The rest of the league recognized Nick Leddy’s speed recently. In the yearly NHLPA Player Poll, Nick Leddy received 2.4% of the vote for the league’s fastest skater amongst his peers. Ranking him third in the poll.

Edmonton Oiler’s Connor McDavid was a runaway winner with 81% of the vote, while former New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner got 3.6% for second place.

We’re talking about the Islanders tertiary if not secondary puck carrier after Mathew Barzal and John Tavares. A player that has all of the skills to be an elite defensive player. Speed, skill, hockey IQ. He’s got it all.

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I know the New York Islanders, and even Nick Leddy himself isn’t having the greatest go this season. It all started so well, with Leddy getting some early Norris talk even. Since then, however, he just hasn’t looked like the same player we saw in November. But when something positive comes up I think it’s good to pump the player’s tires.

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