Jordan Leopold has been a bit of a journeyman throughout his career. Since being drafted in 1999, he has played for the Calgary Flames, along with #24 Robyn Regehr, the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins before being signed by the Buffalo Sabres in 2010.
In his first season with the Sabres, Leopold led all Sabre’s defensemen in scoring with 13 goals and was second in points with 35, only two behind sophomore Tyler Myers.
This season, Leopold did not match his career high 13 goals and 35 points he acquired last season but did earn himself 10 goals and 14 assists as the fourth defensemen. To most, this would be a poor season, stat wise, but you must take into account, with the signing of Christian Erhoff to take the offensive lead from the blue line, Leopold was asked to be more of a defensive defenseman. Espn lists Leopold as the Sabres “Top Performer” in three of their games last season:
Nov 19th: 4-2 loss to Phoenix. Leopold assisted both Sabre goals.
Nov 25th: 5-1 loss to Columbus. Leopold scored only Sabre goal.
Dec 26th: 4-2 win over Washington. Leopold scored one assist.
Currently, Leopold is making $3 million with a year left on his contract. At 31 yrs old, 32 at the start of next season, expect him to play out his final year and most likely not return due to the rise of young gunners like Brayden McNabb, TJ Brennan, and Mark Pysyk.