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Islanders Acquire Leddy from Blackhawks

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defensemen TJ Brennan, Ville Pokka and goaltender Anders Nilsson.

Leddy, 23, scored 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and posted a plus-10 rating in 82 games last season with Chicago, marking the third consecutive season that he’s appeared in every Blackhawks regular-season game. The Eden Prairie, MN, native added five points (one goal, four assists) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games last season.

Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft, Leddy has 93 career points (20 goals, 73 assists) in 258 regular season games – all with Chicago. Leddy won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013. In 54 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, the 6’0, 194-pound defenseman has 10 points (two goals, eight assists).

A former Mr. Hockey Award winner as the top High School player in Minnesota, the Eden Prairie High School alumnus played one season at the University of Minnesota.

Simpson, 22, played 31 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season. The Edmonton, AB, native also made his NHL debut, appearing in one game with Chicago. Simpson played junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League and won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2010 World Junior Under-18 Championships.

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