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Michael Leighton

Basics

Type: 
Non-Prospect
Position: 
Goaltender
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
185
Born: 
05/19/1981
Age: 
36
Hometown: 
Petrolia, ONT
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2017
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Veteran depth goaltender
Depth Chart Weight: 
2

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
1999
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Chicago Blackhawks
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
165
Draft Team: 
Windsor (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
07/01/2017
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$650 000
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2018
Contract End Status: 
UFA
Salary: 
$650 000

Bio

Awards: 

2015-16

  • AHL All-Star Game
  • AHL Goaltender of the Month (January)


2014-15

  • AHL Goaltender of the Month (January)


2011-12

  • AHL All-Star Game


2007-08

  • AHL All-Star Game
  • AHL Best Goaltender (Baz Bastien Memorial Award)
  • AHL Best SV% (0.931)
  • AHL First All-Star Team
  • AHL Player of the Week (October 28)


2001-02

  • AHL All-Star Game
  • AHL All-Rookie Team
  • AHL Goaltender of the Month (October)

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Has good size and excellent fundamentals for the goaltending position. Displays an exemplary work ethic, especially at lower levels (where he dominates). Is a true battler in the crease area.

Weaknesses: 

Tends to get beaten when forced to move quickly from side to side. Durability remains an issue with him. Is also inconsistent at the National Hockey League level, despite plenty of chances.

Projection: 

Veteran depth goaltender.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 1996-1997 Petrolia JetsWOHL16 3.66 .887|      
 1997-1998 Petrolia JetsWOHL30 3.30 -|      
 1998-1999 Windsor SpitfiresOHL28 4.84 .867|Playoffs3 7.50 .884
 1999-2000 Windsor SpitfiresOHL42 3.12 .889|Playoffs12 3.12 .922
 2000-2001 Windsor SpitfiresOHL54 2.73 .910|Playoffs9 3.12 .914
 2001-2002 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL52 2.14 .920|Playoffs4 2.02 .927
 2002-2003 Chicago BlackhawksNHL8 2.82 .913|      
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL36 2.50 .912|Playoffs4 1.75 .931
 2003-2004 Chicago BlackhawksNHL35 2.99 .900|      
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL18 1.83 .926|Playoffs4 0.57 .978
 2004-2005 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL41 2.02 .921|      
 2005-2006 Rochester AmericansAHL40 3.21 .887|      
 2006-2007 Portland PiratesAHL16 2.31 .910|      
  Nashville PredatorsNHL1 6.00 .800|      
  Philadelphia FlyersNHL4 3.70 .882|      
  Philadelphia PhantomsAHL5 1.56 .948|      
  Montréal CanadiensNHL0 - -|      
 2007-2008 Carolina HurricanesNHL3 2.66 .897|      
  Albany River RatsAHL58 2.10 .931|Playoffs7 1.18 .968
 2008-2009 Carolina HurricanesNHL19 2.92 .901|      
 2009-2010 Carolina HurricanesNHL7 4.29 .848|      
  Philadelphia FlyersNHL27 2.49 .918|Playoffs14 2.46 .916
 2010-2011 Philadelphia FlyersNHL1 4.00 .889|Playoffs2 3.43 .862
  Adirondack PhantomsAHL30 2.22 .926|      
 2011-2012 Adirondack PhantomsAHL56 2.58 .918|      
 2012-2013 Philadelphia FlyersNHL1 5.08 .808|      
  Adirondack PhantomsAHL2 2.02 .933|      
  Columbus Blue JacketsNHL0 - -|      
 2013-2014 Donbass DonetskKHL42 1.74 .933|Playoffs8 2.57 .908
  Donbass DonetskContinental Cup2 2.77 .903|      
 2014-2015 Rockford IceHogsAHL42 2.26 .920|Playoffs8 2.59 .919
 2015-2016 Chicago BlackhawksNHL1 1.54 .941|      
  Rockford IceHogsAHL46 2.44 .918|      
 2016-2017 Carolina HurricanesNHL4 3.42 .870|      
  Charlotte CheckersAHL23 2.17 .921|Playoffs1 1.15 .933
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -|      

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