Nick Leddy was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Monday. Per usual, the move was made in order to
circumvent the cap free up cap space. According to capgeek.com, the Blackhawks will save $6,007 each day the 19-year-old defenseman isn’t on the roster. It’s a given he’ll back with the NHL club before Saturday’s game against the Red Wings.
In eleven games with the Hawks, Leddy has tallied only one goal – a fluky one at that. His defensive positioning is suspect, his back-checking leaves a lot to be desired and he needs to be strong in front of the net. Leddy’s development would benefit from playing games at the AHL level, but the Blackhawks need him rounding out their third defensive pairing. With him in the lineup – since he was re-called earlier this month – the Blackhawks are 4-0-1.
The recent success is less about the addition of Leddy to the blue line, but more so the subtraction of Nick Boynton from it. The Blackhawks are willing to sit through the growing pains with the former. Leddy and Jordan Hendry give them the best chance to win, which is why the organization was willing to burn a year on his entry-level contract to keep him in Chicago.
This won’t be the last time Leddy will be demoted to Rockford, as the Blackhawks are right up against the cap ceiling. Despite how you feel about him or his readiness, he’s going to be part of the defensive corps indefinitely, or as long as Boynton has the ‘flu’