Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Legwand
A native of Detroit, MI, David Legwand was a junior standout with Detroit Compuware before moving up to the OHL's Plymouth Whalers in 1997-98. The OHL's Rookie-of-the-Year and MVP in 1998, Legwand played two seasons with the Whalers before making his NHL debut with the Nashville Predators during the 1998-99 season, after the team made him the second player chosen at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Legwand was the first player ever drafted by the expansion Predators.

In his first professional season, the talented pivot recorded 28 points while working on his consistency and defensive play. Legwand upped his totals to 41 points the following year, before an injury plagued 2001-02 season, in which he was limited to just 63 games.

One of the young stars of the NHL, Legwand broke out offensively in 2002-03, finding the back of the net 17 times to go along with 31 assists before a broken collaborne ended his season. In 2006-07, Legwand would establish new career-highs in goals, assists and points, with 27, 36 and 63 respectively.

In the middle of Legwand's 14th season in Nashville, the first ever Predator was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a draft pick on March 5, 2014. He would finish the season with Detroit, scoring four times and adding seven assists.

After the 2014-15 season, Legwand signed a two year contract with the Ottawa Senators on July 4, 2014. After just one season in Ottawa Legwand was traded once again. This time sent along with Robin Lehner, to the Buffalo Sabres for a first round draft pick. Legwand would spend the 2015-16 season with the Sabres and it would prove to be his last in the NHL. At the time of his retirement Legwand sat in first place on the Nashville Predators all-time list for games played, goals, assists and points.

On the international stage Legwand represented the United States twice at the World Junior Championships and four times at the World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Detroit Compuware MNHL 44 21 41 62 58
1997-98 Plymouth Whalers OHL 59 54 51 105 56 +50 15 8 12 20 24
1997-98 United States WJC-A 7 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Plymouth Whalers OHL 55 31 49 80 65 +32 11 3 8 11 8
1998-99 United States WJC-A 6 1 3 4 31
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998-99 United States WC-A 6 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 71 13 15 28 30 -6
1999-00 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 4 0
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 81 13 28 41 38 +1
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 2 4 6 4 +2
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 63 11 19 30 54 +1
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 31 48 34 -2
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 82 18 29 47 46 +9 6 1 0 1 8
2004-05 EHC Basel Swiss-2 3 6 2 8 2 19 16 23 39 20
2004-05 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 4 0
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 44 7 19 26 34 +3 5 0 1 1 8
2005-06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 78 27 36 63 44 +23 5 0 3 3 2
2007-08 Nashville Predators NHL 65 15 29 44 38 -4 3 1 0 1 2
2008-09 Nashville Predators NHL 73 20 22 42 32 -3
2009-10 Nashville Predators NHL 82 11 27 38 24 -5 6 2 5 7 8
2010-11 Nashville Predators NHL 64 17 24 41 24 +13 12 6 3 9 8
2011-12 Nashville Predators NHL 78 19 34 53 26 +3 10 3 3 6 10
2012-13 Nashville Predators NHL 48 12 13 25 20 -6
2013-14 Nashville Predators NHL 62 10 30 40 30 -8
2013-14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 4 7 11 31 -9 5 0 0 0 0
2014-15 Ottawa Senators NHL 80 9 18 27 32 +1 3 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 5 9 14 14 -4
NHL Totals 1136 228 390 618 551 55 13 15 28 46


OHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
OHL First All-Star Team (1998)
OHL Rookie of the Year (1998)
OHL Player of the Year (1998)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Basel (Swiss-2), January 27, 2005. Traded to Detroit by Nashville for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and Detroit's 2nd round pick (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Julius Bergman) in 2014 NHL Draft, March 5, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 4, 2014. Traded to Buffalo by Ottawa with Robin Lehner for NY Islanders' 1st round pick (previously acquired, Ottawa selected Colin White) in 2015 NHL Draft, June 26, 2015. Officially announced his retirement, December 22, 2016.
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