Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy has drawn the attention of coach Doug Weight with his strong play as of late.
"We've seen the explosiveness, but what he's done on a more regular basis, he just wants to go," Weight said, according to Newsday. "Even if he's not the eye of the snake, carrying the puck every time, he's getting up with an authority. He wants it."
Leddy has tallied 14 points in the last 11 games after a slow start to the season. He had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Carolina.
Weight said he noticed how much Leddy has improved since he struggled while he was partnered with Travis Hamonic.
"It's something he struggled with playing with Hammer because Hammer is such an assertive player, he always got up (the ice) and Nick was like, 'OK dog, that's cool. I'll go next time, maybe,'" Weight said. "Now he's up, he's gapping well and he wants to be part of that rush. I think that's in repetition, that's in a mindset now of taking that next step as a player."
The 26-year-old has played for the Islanders the last four seasons after beginning his career with the Chicago Blackhawks.