Islanders head coach Doug Weight not only has high hopes for Nick Leddy this year, but he also believes the defenseman can become one of the elite players in the entire league.
Leddy, who finished last season with 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists), is entering his fourth season with the Islanders and eighth in the league. Weight believes he can only get better this year.
"He should be in the conversation for those [All-Star] teams and Norris Trophies," Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "He can skate, he can shoot, he's a savvy player as well. Maybe he doesn't have the deception of a [Brent] Burns or a [Erik] Karlsson, but there's probably three people in the world that do so I wouldn't hold that against him. He's right there in that upper echelon of D and he's going to be big for us this year for sure."
According to Hockey Reference, Leddy's posession numbers dropped slightly last season (47.8 CF percentage) after he had posted at least 50 percent in that category every other year. The 26-year-old said he looks forward to getting back on track this season.
"Obviously in the D zone, always keep getting better is my main objective," said Leddy. "But also jumping in the play more, shooting the puck more, getting more pucks to the net and getting myself into those shooting areas to create opportunities."