Nick Leddy vs. Hampus Lindholm

Rick Roos

2015-09-16

In fantasy hockey, both Nick Leddy and Hampus Lindholm are overrated. Rick Roos explains…

 

After not covering defensemen in this column for several months, get ready for a second rearguard battle in three weeks – Hampus Lindholm vs. Nick Leddy. Thus far they have similar average Yahoo draft positions (123.4 for Leddy, 140.7 for Lindholm) for 2015-16, but are both safe bets to produce this season; and what can we expect from them now and in the future? You’ve come to the right place to find out – Cage Match starts now!

 

Career Path and Contract Status/Cap Implications

Leddy, now 24, didn’t hit the ground running during his 46 game 2010-11 audition with the Blackhawks, but at age 20/21 in 2011-12 emerged with 37 points, giving poolies visions of him as a young fantasy performer with nice upside. Unfortunately – for them and him – he’s yet to improve upon that total, instead posting a mere 49 points in his next 130 games (31 point full season pace) for Chicago, but equaling his 37 point career high last season after being traded to the Islanders right on the eve of the 2014-15 campaign.

Lindholm, 21, was the sixth overall selection by the Ducks in the 2012 draft, and parlayed his skill and draft spot into a full time role with Anaheim for the 2013-14 season. He not only posted a solid 30 point output in his first campaign – second best among rookie rearguards – but unlike Leddy, managed to improve his production in his sophomore season, inching upwards to 34 points.

According to Cap Friendly, 2015-16 is the last season of Lindholm’s ELC that brings with it a paltry $0.894M cap hit, while also marking year one of a seven year, $38.5M deal for Leddy ($5.5M cap hit). Thus, in a one year cap league Lindholm wins this match hands down.

 

Ice Time

Season

Total Ice Time per game (rank among team’s defensemen)

PP Ice Time per game (rank among team’s defensemen)

SH Ice Time per game (rank among team’s defensemen

2014-15

21:45 (H.L.) – 2nd

20:21 (N.L.) – 3rd

1:37 (H.L.) – 4th

2:26 (N.L.) – 3rd

1:57 (H.L.) – 3rd

0:40 (N.L.) – 6th

2013-14