Second-year professional Nick Leddy, who played in all 82 games, was second among Chicago defensemen with 37 points, while Jordan Leopold's 24 points were also second among Bufflao defensemen. Paul Martin also finished second on his team for defensemen scoring with 27 points in Pittsburgh.
Leopold's teammate Thomas Vanek tallied 61 points this year, which was second on the team in Buffalo. Kyle Okposo was sixth in scoring with the New York Islanders with 45 points.
Keith Ballard also played in 47 games for Vancouver, while Jim O'Brien skated in 28 games for Ottawa and Jeff Taffe saw action in five games as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Three former Gophers--all defensemen--also made their NHL debut this year. Stu Bickel played in 51 regular-season games for the New York Rangers. Aaron Ness skated in nine games with the Islanders and Cade Fairchild skated in five games with the St. Louis Blues.
Fifteen former Gophers also played in 727 regular-season AHL games and they totaled 371 points (146g-225a). Ryan Potulny, who played for Hershey, tied for third in the AHL with 33 goals and he led the league with 19 power-play goals. Fairchild tied for fourth in the league with a +26 rating while playing in Peoria.