“I’ve been on a lot of different teams the past few years” – Jordan Leopold
The exact number of NHL teams is five in the last eight years, if you count this season with the Buffalo Sabres. Jordan Leopold first broke into the NHL in late 2002 with the Calgary Flames, where he played for three years, including an especially strong 2003-04 campaign during which the Flames went to the Stanley Cup Finals.
In 2006 he traveled south to join the Colorado Avalanche, where he was mired by injuries and didn’t even last three years before being traded back to Calgary midseason in 2009.
Later that year he found himself with another club, the Florida Panthers, and played 61 games before being sent to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline. On July 1st, 2010, he left the Penguins as a free agent and joined the Sabres by way of a three-year contract.
It shouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say that Leopold has had little luck in finding a single franchise to settle down with. But after playing 22 games in 2010, it looks like he might have found a home for himself in Sabreland.
He’s currently third on the team in points with 14, five of those being goals. The same five goals have him sitting atop the league for defensemen alongside four other players. Even when he’s not scoring, he can regularly be found driving to the net and taking shots; he’s only had three games all season where he hasn’t registered a shot on goal.
Leopold’s offense is especially valued because it’s coming at a time when the Sabres need it. He has seven points [two goals, five assists] in the last nine games, during which Buffalo has posted a 5-3-1 record, by far their best stretch of the season.
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