Cam Barker Dealt to Minnesota Wild for Johnsson, Leddy

February 12th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
The Cam Barker Era is OVER!

The Blackhawks traded Barker to Minnesota for defenseman Kim Johnsson and the Wild's top pick in the 2009 draft, Nick Leddy. Leddy is the prize in the deal, a solid young defenseman prospect taken 16th overall in 2009, and was described  this way by Hockey's Future: "You’d be hard pressed to find a better, more complete defenseman playing in the Minnesota state high school Class A/AA league this season than the Eden Prairie native. Leddy is also one of the early favorites for this year’s Mr. Hockey Award, which recognizes the top high school player from the state of Minnesota."

Listed at 5'11 and 185 pounds, Leddy joins a deep group of Hawks prospects on the blue line with Dylan Olsen and Shawn LaLonde. He was the third-ranked prospect in the Wild organization. Hockey's Future also says:

"One attribute that makes it all possible is his outstanding skating ability. Leddy is an agile skater with good speed and smoothness in his strides. This can particularly be seen in his transitioning and rushes up the ice. This past summer, Leddy added 15 pounds to his 5'11 frame. The result has enhanced his ...

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