Jake Leschyshyn was born when his father, Curtis, was within the eleventh season of his 16-year NHL profession.
Since he was so younger, Leschyshyn doesn’t have too many vivid reminiscences of what life was like with an NHL participant for a dad. He does recall days off across the rink, nonetheless, when his dad could be figuring out and he would sit within the health club watching motion pictures on a DVD participant. Even when his dad retired in 2005, Leschyshyn was nonetheless across the NHL scene since Curtis stepped right into a colour analyst function for the group he performed a majority of his profession with, the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.
“We’re speaking just about every single day,” Leschyshyn informed The Submit of his dad after observe on Sunday. “He’s a scout for the Avs now, so he’s busy in his personal division with the sport. However he makes time to observe all my video games, which is very nice. He’s a man who’s by no means going to throw a ton of, ‘It’s good to do that and this.’ He’s simply all the time checking in and he treats me like a professional. He’s superior in that regard to simply bounce concepts off of.”
Jake Leschyshyn adopted his father to the NHL. Getty Pictures
Curtis Leschyshyn, whom the Nordiques chosen third general within the 1988 draft earlier than he went on to play in 1,033 video games, was a defenseman. His son was drafted within the second spherical (No. 62 general) by the Golden Knights in 2017 as a middle out of the Western Hockey League. The hockey affect was clearly there, however not sufficient to steer Leschyshyn away from what he preferred most in regards to the sport.
“I believe simply from a younger age I used to be all the time a ahead,” he stated. “Possibly not the most important man, I don’t know if that performed into it in any respect or something. Possibly once I was little I all the time loved scoring targets, so hopefully I can get again to that.”
The Rangers hope so, too.
Leschyshyn skated in his fourth straight sport for the Rangers on Monday evening towards the Panthers for the reason that membership plucked the 23-year-old off the waiver wire from Vegas on Jan. 11. The transfer got here in wake of a few accidents to the ahead group, however the Rangers opted to maintain Leschyshyn regardless of the return of Chris Kreider and Julien Gauthier. The Rangers waived Jonny Brodzinski and subsequently assigned him again to AHL Hartford as a substitute, after the 29-year-old stuffed in for 5 video games.
This was the primary time Leschyshyn modified groups midseason on the NHL degree. The final time it occurred, he was traded from the Regina Pats to the Lethbridge Hurricanes within the WHL through the 2018-19 season. It was a loopy week, Leschyshyn stated, however he appears like he’s lastly began to settle in.
Curtis Leschyshyn was a defenseman within the NHL. Getty Pictures
Leschyshyn performed components of two seasons with the Golden Knights, accumulating two targets and 4 assists in 63 video games. He was pointless by way of 22 video games this season although, which led to Vegas waiving him. Nonetheless, Leschyshyn doesn’t anticipate his sport to alter a lot regardless of a brand new backdrop.
Seeking to play the function of a gradual two-way centerman, Leschyshyn desires to be trusted defensively, be capable to kill penalties and win faceoffs. These are the methods he feels he can solidify himself in New York, however he additionally desires to construct off of it, whether or not it’s offensively or in different areas.
“I used to be simply thrilled,” Leschyshyn stated of his preliminary response when he came upon the Blueshirts had claimed him. “Any crew might’ve took me, so coming right here was the best-case state of affairs. I’ve by no means been to New York or performed at MSG or something, however I’ve simply heard about how cool of an expertise it’s. So to have the ability to name it my dwelling proper now could be fairly thrilling.”