How a young boy from Chicago was drafted into the NHL, now living in Canada

As a child, David Leach had a dream: to play hockey.

But his dream didn’t come true.

Leach was a fourth-round pick by the New York Islanders in 1993, but after he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 1996, the then-18-year-old struggled.

Leffers career, however, didn’t last long, as he was dealt to the Minnesota Wild in 2002.

Since then, Leach has become one of the most important players in Minnesota’s current roster.

Leached is the youngest player on the team, and one of just two players from Chicago who was drafted by the Wild in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Chicago, Ill., played for the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL and the Chicago Wolves in the WHL for two seasons, before signing with the Wild as a free agent in 2014.

After playing for the Wolves for three seasons, Leffers signed with the Chicago Black Hawks in the 2018 NHL Draft, but was traded for goaltender Jordan Oesterle in 2019.

During the NHL lockout, Leves was traded by the Blackhawks to the St. Louis Blues in 2020, but he had a brief stint with the Blues in 2021-22.

He played nine seasons in the Blues organization before he was released by the Blues following the 2017-18 season.

He then signed with Nashville, and played his first two NHL seasons with the Predators.

He then spent three seasons in Nashville, with the Nashville Predators, before he signed with Montreal in 2019, but played his last season with the Canadiens.

Since being traded to Minnesota, Leaffers career has been as a pro, and has been one of their most consistent players.

He has a career-high in goals (21) and assists (36), along with a career plus-28 rating, including a career mark of plus-34 in his first season.

In 2017-19, Leaks best season, he led all Predators forwards with 31 goals, while ranking third in goals against average (2.15) and fourth in save percentage (.923).

He also led all rookies in goals, points and penalty minutes.

The 20-year old had a career high in goals in 2016-17, finishing second in the league with 39.

In 2017-20, Leaches best season was fourth in goals with 43.

In 2018-19 he set career highs in points (41) and penalty points (nine).

He also led the Predators in goals and assists, and ranked third in points, points per game (2:51) and plus/minus rating (plus-20).

Leaffers season also included one of his finest seasons, when he finished with 29 goals, a career best, as the Predators went to the Stanley Cup Final.

Leagues average was 1.77 goals per game.