The Minnesota Wild wasn’t quite as active at the National Hockey League’s Trade Deadline this season, but it did add veteran depth familiar to the State of Hockey before the trade embargo.
The Wild acquired Minnesota native Jordan Leopold from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Justin Falk and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The left-handed shooting blueliner skated in 18 games with Columbus this season, posting a goal and two assists. Leopold has skated in 677 career NHL games with seven different organizations (Calgary, Colorado, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, St. Louis and Columbus). In 12 NHL seasons, he has scored 67 goals and notched 146 assists.
Before making his NHL debut with the Flames during the 2002-03 season, he was a four-year standout with the University of Minnesota. In his senior season, the defenseman won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top college player, and helped lead the Golden Gophers to an NCAA National Championship.
The Golden Valley native has also donned the Red, White and Blue on a number of occasions. Leopold represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics, played in four World Championships (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2008) and two World Junior Championships (1999, 2000).
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound blueliner has recorded 17 assists, a plus-4 rating and 26 PIM in 71 career playoff games with the Flames, Penguins, Sabres and Blues.