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New York Islanders Nick Leddy Expectations For 2018-2019

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders looks on against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders looks on against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Nick Leddy had a poor year for the New York Islanders in 2017-2018. Will he be able to bounce back and be productive this year?

Last year was a weird year for Nick Leddy and the New York Islanders. The first two months he came flying out of the gate, like the Islanders. In the Isles first 20 games of the year, Nick Leddy had 16 points.

That’s put him on pace for a 66 point season. After that his production slowed, in the next 60 games he would put up just 26 points, a pace of 36 points, and finishing the year with 42 points.

Leddy is still the Islanders best defenseman heading into this year but the reason why everyone is so down on him is for his plus minus. A minus 42 is hard to defend even if you loathe that statistic like Mitch and I do.

Part of the reason why he was a minus player was because of how much he was on the ice. He played over 22 minutes a night. If you’re on the ice the most out of everyone on the worst defense in the league then, of course, it’s not going to be pretty.

It wasn’t just defensively where Leddy struggled, his possession numbers weren’t there either. He had a career-low 46.9 CF percentage and a -1.2 relative CF percentage.

With Barry Trotz behind the bench, and a new system in place the Islander should see improvements from all of their defenders, especially Leddy.

Here’s a stat line that seems like a fair expectation for Leddy in 2018-2019:

82 games, 8 goals, 36 assists, 44 points, +7, 22:12 ATOI, 53.4 CF%

Nick Leddy’s point production likely won’t explode but he will be much better in his own zone. What Nick Leddy thrives at is closing speed and moving the puck out of the zone with his skating ability.

I’m more confident in Trotz figuring out how to utilize his talents than Doug Weight’s idea of playing defense.

Pulock Ready To Take Flight. Next

Leddy is still a quality top-four guy despite having a very poor season last year. Paired with Ryan Pulock (hopefully) the two can cause havoc from the blue line and be a fairly good top-pair for the Islanders.

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