COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The 12-year NHL veteran is expected to make his Blue Jackets debut tonight vs. the San Jose Sharks.
Leopold, 34, has registered 66 goals and 144 assists for 210 points and 276 penalty minutes with the Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames in 659 career games during his 12-year career. He has also appeared in 71 career Stanley Cup playoff games, collecting 0-17-17 and 26 penalty minutes. He picked up two penalty minutes in seven games with the Blues this season.
Leopold was Anaheim’s first pick, 44th overall, in the 1999 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2002-03, tallying 4-10-14 and 12 penalty minutes in 58 games with Calgary. The following season, he notched 9-24-33 and 24 penalty minutes in 82 games and added 0-10-10 in 26 postseason games as the Flames advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. He spent three seasons in Calgary before spending most of the next three campaigns in Colorado.
He joined the Sabres in 2010-11 and enjoyed the best season of his career, setting personal bests with 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points in 71 games. He added 10-14-24 in 79 games the following season before joining the Blues midway through the 2012-13 campaign.
A native of Golden Valley, Minnesota, Leopold enjoyed a standout career at the University of Minnesota from 1998-02. He registered 45-99-144 and 106 penalty minutes in 164 career games, including 20-28-48 in 44 games as a senior in 2001-02. He helped the Golden Gophers capture the NCAA championship that season and won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s most outstanding player. He was a two-time WCHA First All-Star Team pick (2001, 2002) and NCAA West First Team All-American in 2002.
Leopold has also represented the United States at several international tournaments, including the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. He has appeared in four World Championships (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008) and a pair of World Junior Championship tournaments (1999, 2000).
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.