Brendan Leipsic

by Paul Zwambag on June 21, 2017


Brendan Leipsic, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-9

Weight: 175

Born: 1994-05-19

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Drafted: 2012 by Nashville Predators, 89th Overall







June 2017 The Vegas Golden Knights have selected Brendan Leipsic in the Expansion Draft. Paul Zwambag


February 2016 – Leipsic played his first NHL game in Vancouver as an emergency recall and scored! Leipsic skated on the fourth line while even strength, but was thrown on the power-play early and often. He looked very nervous with the puck early on, passing up a few opportunities to skate with puck for quick passes and dumps, but I stated to a friend early “He may find himself on the scoresheet.” just judging on his positioning and opportunities he was being given. Colleague Brendan Ross, correctly predicted his getting an recall this season a couple years ago in the ‘outlook’. Obviously he is a recallable player now, who has been rather hot in the AHL with 11 points in as many games. He has really taken a step since teammates Michael Nylander and Kaspari Kapanen left for World Juniors and he became a go to player for the team. His future is that of a mid-liner who plays the game strong, tenacious in the dirty areas with very good offensive skills. He is in the mix to be an NHL regular next year. His flaws are that he is susceptible to taking poor penalties in battles and can give up after a poor play. Jason Banks


February 2015 - On February 15th, Toronto traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville for prospect Brendan Leipsic, veteran Olli Jokinen and Nashville's 2015 first round selection. In his first pro season with the Milwaukee Admirals, Leipsic has scored 7G and added 29 assists for 36 points (second on the team). The former WHL goal scoring champ is a small creative forward with solid offensive upside who also has some grit. He has proven to be a valuable contributor at every level. Brendan Ross


May 2013 - Predators' prospect Brendan Leipsic is the co-recipient of the CHL Top Scorer award with linemate Nic Petan (2013 NHL Draft eligible). The teammates each recorded 120 points to lead all three CHL leagues and Leipsic's 49 goals fell one shy of crossing the 50-goal plateau. Leipsic possesses one of the best shots in the CHL and projects as a true sniper at the next level. Brendan Ross


March 2013 - Brendan Leipsic and Winterhawks' teammate Nic Petan finished in a tie for first place in Western Hockey League scoring with 120 points. Leipsic's 49 goals led the league in scoring and his 100+ penalty minute season bodes well for his fantasy value. Brendan Ross


December 2012 - Portland Winterhawks forward Brendan Leipsic has been named WHL Player of the Week (ending November 25) after posting three goals, nine points and a plus-5 rating.  Leipsic sits second in team scoring with 15 goals for 38 points through 22 WHL games. Brendan Ross


June 2012 – After an impressive WHL season, Brendan Liepsic was taken by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the NHL Entry Draft. Leipsic is a small, energetic forward with very good vision and stickhandling abilities. His skill set can be used in a variety of ways, including the power play, or even playing on a checking line. His mixture of smarts and skill make him a very enticing prospect. He will need to bulk up to make up for his lack of size. Leipsic also needs to work on his discipline and avoid taking bad penalties. Zenon Herasymiuk


Fantasy Outlook: C+


Should see an opportunity with the Leafs as early as 2015-16, and has the upside to be a complimentary scoring-line player.




Hardest working player:



Brendan Leipsic between the legs highlight-reel goal:



A beautiful, clutch goal by Leipsic:



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