Michael Leighton

Posted: March 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Philadelphia Flyers
 

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The Good: Michael Leighton is a dominant goalie at the AHL level. His career potential has him as a number one in the AHL, and he has done a good job in that role. He has also proven that he can be useful in spurts, starting in net for the Stanley Cup runner-up Flyers in 2010. He has good size and excellent fundamentals for the goaltending position, and displays an exemplary work ethic.  Leighton’s size and poise under pressure are impressive. He is a true battler in the crease area, something coaches are very fond of. Leighton can produce wins as an NHL backup, giving him trade value.

The Bad: Leighton has some talent, he’s a serviceable starter, and can probably put together a pretty good season with him in net, but if he’s your long term plan, things may fall apart pretty quick. He played only one regular season game the year after saving the Flyers bums in the playoffs, taking them to the Stanley Cup finals. He hasn’t even gotten a sniff of action since the 2011 playoffs, where he, along with Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher, were utterly brutal. He tends to get beaten when forced to move quickly from side to side, and durability remains an issue.

Awards

Records

  • Norfolk Admirals franchise record for most career regular season wins: 75
  • Norfolk Admirals franchise record for most career regular season shutouts: 18
  • First goaltender in Chicago Blackhawks history to record a shutout in his debut
  • Most saves in an AHL game: 98

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1997–98 Petrolia Jets OHA-B 30 1583 87 2 3.30
1998–99 Windsor Spitfires OHL 28 4 17 2 1389 112 0 4.84 .867
1999–00 Windsor Spitfires OHL 42 17 17 2 2272 118 1 3.12 .889
2000–01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 54 32 13 5 3035 138 2 2.73 .910
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 27 16 8 3114 111 6 2.14 .920
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 36 18 13 5 2184 91 4 2.50 .912
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 2 3 2 447 21 1 2.82 .913
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 18 10 7 1 1081 33 1 1.83 .926
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 6 18 8 1988 99 2 2.99 .900
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 41 20 16 3 2319 78 7 2.02 .921
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 40 15 22 1 2316 124 2 3.21 .887
2006–07 Portland Pirates AHL 16 8 6 1 962 37 2 2.31 .910
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .800
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 2 0 2 270 7 0 1.56 .948
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 2 2 0 195 12 0 3.69 .882
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 58 28 25 4 3451 121 7 2.10 .931
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 1 1 0 158 7 0 2.66 .897
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 19 6 7 2 1029 50 0 2.92 .901
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 7 1 4 0 350 25 0 4.28 .850
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 16 5 2 1449 60 1 2.48 .920
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 30 14 12 3 1783 66 5 2.22 .926
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 1 0 0 60 4 0 4.00 .889
NHL totals 104 35 40 10 4 5696 280 4 2.95 .902
AHL totals 296 142 117 14 14 17480 668 34 2.30 .917
OHL totals 124 53 47 9 6696 368 3 3.30 .893

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Windsor Spitfires OHL 3 0 1 80 10 0 7.50
1999–00 Windsor Spitfires OHL 12 5 6 616 32 0 3.12 .915
2000–01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 9 4 5 519 27 1 3.12 .906
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 1 2 238 8 0 2.01 .927
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 3 1 240 7 1 1.75 .931
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 4 2 1 212 2 2 0.56 .978
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7 3 4 510 10 2 1.18 .981
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 8 3 757 31 3 2.46 .916
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 70 4 0 3.43 .862
NHL totals 16 8 4 827 35 3 2.54 .913
AHL totals 19 9 8 1300 27 5 1.25 .980
OHL totals 24 9 12 1215 69 1 3.41

Drafted: 165th overall, 1999
Chicago Blackhawks

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