Leddy (undisclosed) took the ice for Wednesday's practice session. Leddy joined his teammates at practice for the first time since training camps kicked off. The Minnesota native will no doubt be eager to break out of his 34-game goal drought. It's that lack of production that should cause fantasy players to hesitate in selecting the blueliner in their fantasy pools.
Leddy (undisclosed) was absent from practice for a second straight day Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Due to the NHL's new policy on injury updates, the Islanders are unable to shed any light on why Leddy has yet to practice, but at this point there's no reason to believe he won't be available for the team's qualifying round matchup with the Panthers, which is still over two weeks away. The 29-year-old blueliner notched three goals and 21 points in 60 games during the regular season.
Leddy posted an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks. Leddy snapped a month-long point drought with his helper -- he'd come up empty in the 13 previous games. The 28-year-old defenseman has 21 points, 72 shots, 72 blocked shots and 62 hits through 60 appearances this season. It's all but certain Leddy will miss the 40-point mark for the second straight year.
Leddy will partner with Noah Dobson on Thursday in Ottawa, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. Leddy is usually paired with Johnny Boychuk (face), but the latter is out of the lineup Thursday and there is no timetable for his return as of yet. Leddy and Boychuk generally made a good pair as Leddy is more offensively gifted whereas Boychuk is more of a stay-at-home defender. It remains to be seen how well Leddy will play with Dobson, as both lean towards the offensive side, but by playing with Leddy, Dobson is able to stay on his natural side.
Leddy hasn't lit the lamp in the last 22 games. Leddy has three goals, 17 assists and a rating of plus-6 in 48 games this season. He is still on pace to perform better offensively than last year, when he only had four goals and 26 points in 82 games, but the Islanders need more from who is supposed to be their best offensive defenseman. In his first three seasons with the team, Leddy averaged almost 43 points, but that also came with a negative rating. Head coach Barry Trotz has limited some of Leddy's offensive opportunities with his game-planning and coaching style, and while that tradeoff may help the team, fantasy owners would like to see him produce more.
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