My guess is you’ve searched this page out because you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
If I’m right, that also means that today’s grid is asking for players who have played for both the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders.
And, I’m also guessing that you’re a little stuck on this particular square and you’re looking for a little help to keep your grid immaculate. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, I’m here to help.
I’ve already done the research and have put together a list of well-known stars along with some more “under-the-radar” players that could land you a low rarity score.
Nick Leddy, an American-born defenseman, has carved out a solid career in the NHL with his skating ability and offensive skills. Drafted 16th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Leddy has since played for several teams, showcasing his talents as a mobile and offensively-minded defenseman.
Leddy began his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he developed into a key player. His time in Chicago was highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup in 2013, contributing significantly to the Blackhawks’ defensive lineup with his speed, puck-moving abilities, and offensive contributions from the blue line.
After his tenure with Chicago, Leddy was traded to the New York Islanders, where he continued to play an important role as a top-pairing defenseman. His ability to quarterback a power play and contribute to the team’s offense from the back end was particularly strong during his time with the Islanders.
Leddy Key Stats
- Stanley Cup Champion (Blackhawks)
Andrew Ladd, a Canadian-born player, had a solid career in the NHL. Ladd was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, fourth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was part of their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006, contributing to the team’s success as a young player.
Following his time with the Hurricanes, Ladd played for several other NHL teams. He was traded to the Blackhawks, where he won another Stanley Cup in 2010, further showcasing his ability to contribute significantly to championship-caliber teams. Ladd’s career also included stints with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and the New York Islanders.
Ladd’s role on his teams often extended beyond scoring, as he was also valued for his physical play and ability to play a two-way game.
Jim Dowd, an American former center, had a remarkable 17-season NHL career, playing for ten different teams. He made history by becoming the first New Jersey native to play for the New Jersey Devils, with whom he debuted in the 1991-92 season after a successful college career.
After leaving the Devils, Jim Dowd played for a series of NHL teams, including the Whalers, Canucks, Islanders, Flames, Predators, Oilers, Wild, Canadiens, Blackhawks, and Avalanche. His career was marked by various trades and signings, with significant playing time at the Oilers and nearly four seasons with the Wild.
Robin Lehner is a Swedish goaltender currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights. He was selected 46th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Before joining the NHL, Lehner played in the J20 SuperElit league in Sweden and then in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Lehner made his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators in 2010 and became a permanent fixture in their lineup by the 2013-14 season. He struggled with consistency during his time in Ottawa, and in 2015, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres. Despite solid save percentages, Lehner’s overall performance was limited due to a lack of offensive support from the team.
Lehner signed with the New York Islanders in 2018 and had an outstanding season, winning the William M. Jennings Trophy and the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. He later moved to the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2019-2020 season before joining the Vegas Golden Knights.
Lehner Key Stats
- Jennings Trophy (Islanders, Knights)
Jason Strudwick, a retired Canadian defenceman, was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round, 63rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1996. Strudwick’s career saw several team changes; he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 1998 and signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2002.
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Strudwick played for Ferencvárosi TC in Hungary, before returning to the NHL with the New York Rangers for the 2005-06 season. He started the 2006-07 season with HC Lugano in Switzerland and then rejoined the Rangers, where he played until 2008.
Strudwick signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2008, re-signing with them for consecutive seasons until 2011.