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Wild selects defenseman Nick Leddy

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild


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MONTREAL -- The Minnesota Wild selected defenseman Nick Leddy with the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Wild acquired the 16th pick along with the 77th and 182nd picks in this year’s draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for the 12th overall pick.

“We believe Nick Leddy is an excellent prospect who has the potential to be a complete defenseman while generating a lot of offense,” said Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel Tom Thompson. “He is an excellent skater and puckhandler and an exciting player to watch.”

Leddy, 18 (3/20/91), recorded 37 points (8-29=37) and 22 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games and then added eight points (4-4=8) in six playoff contests helping lead Eden Prairie High School to its’ first-ever boys state high school hockey championship in 2009. The 5-foot-11 1/2, 185-pound defenseman was named the 2009 Mr. Hockey Award winner given annually to the most outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota. He was also named to the Class AA Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey All-Tournament team and will attend the University of Minnesota this fall. Leddy represented Team USA at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in 2008, recording two assists in four games. He was the 24th ranked North American skater in the draft by the Central Scouting Service.

NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee on Leddy:

"He's such an explosive skater. It's pretty obvious he's a target of every opposing team because he's the engine that drives the train. Really, though, he's a world-class skater. I'd say he's in the same class as John Moore (Central Scouting's No. 8 ranked skater) and Josh Birkholz (No. 33) of this year's class."

Eden Prairie Head Coach Lee Smith on Leddy:

“We've been trying to get him to shoot more because he's got such a great shot, but he's so unselfish with the puck and makes such good decisions -- he can really set up his teammates. He's grown into his body and he feeds off teams trying to take him out by matching that physicality. He's gotten good at initiating contact, so he hasn't allowed people to check him. He's getting to them first. . . . His game is made for the new kind of NHL, with the focus on skills, skating and ability to maneuver with the puck. I think the smaller defensemen in the NHL make it because of their skating, and that's Nick's best asset.”

The Wild owns eight picks in Rounds 2-7 of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft which starts Saturday at 9:00 a.m. CDT: #77 in Round 3, #99, #103 and #116 in Round 4, #133 in Round 5, #163 in Round 6 and #182 and #193 in Round 7. Additional on-site coverage of the Wild’s 2009 draft picks will be provided on www.wild.com.

Nick Leddy's Statistics

                                            Regular Season                   Playoffs
Season  Club          League       GP   G    A   PTS   PIM    GP   G    A   PTS   PIM   
2007-08 Eden Prairie  High School  20   5   22    27    --     1   0    1     1     2
2008-09 Eden Prairie  High School  25   8   29    37    22     6   4    4     8     4


 

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