Friday, October 25, 2019

Nick Leddy Jersey Card

Nick Leddy made history earlier tonight as the first New York Islanders defenseman to score on a penalty shot as his three points helped his team win against the Ottawa Senators. Furthermore, it was thought for a while that he had joined Hall Of Famer Denis Potvin as the only d-men to score hat tricks for the franchise, but the (third) goal was given to Cal Clutterbuck a few minutes later when the NHL head office realized he'd actually deflected Leddy's shot ever so slightly.

Ever since coming from the Chicago Blackhawks in October of 2014, Leddy has been a steady offensive presence for the Isles, generally oscillating between 40 and 45 points per season except last year where he only collected 26, although his defensive play has sometimes angered the team's fans; one need only look at his stats from 2017-18 to understand their frustration: in 80 games, he scored 10 goals and had 42 points with just 20 minutes (not too bad for a defenseman who weighs 210 pounds), but his -42 ratio was unforgivable.

It's a far cry from the 10-goal, 37-point and +18 rating rating from 2014-15 that got him some Norris Trophy votes.

This year, he's again on track points-wise, with 5 points in 9 games, 2 penalty minutes and a +5 rating in part thanks to tonight's game. Head coach Barry Trotz seems to know how to best utilize him, too, because he was an even +0 last year on the team with the best goals-against average, so he's getting matchups where he can contribute and not put his team in a bad situation.

Here he is wearing the Isles' white (now-away) uniform on card #FA-NL from Upper Deck's 2016-17 Artifacts collection and Frozen Artifacts sub-set:
It features a bright orange (much brighter than the scan lets on) game-worn jersey swatch. Artifacts remains the best-looking set on the market year in and year out, in my opinion.

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