Nick Leddy has been traded to the New York Islanders for defensemen Ville Pokka and TJ Brennan and goaltender Anders Nilsson.
Pokka, 20, was a second round pick (34th overall) in 2012. Listed at 5-11 and 200 pounds, the right-handed shot posted 27 points in 54 games last year with Karpat in the SM-Liiga. He played with Teuvo Teravainen on Finland’s WJC team last year.
Brennan, 25, was a second round pick (31st overall) by the Sabres in 2005. He spent last season with the Toronto Marlies (AHL). He has played 40 career NHL games.
Nilsson, 24, appeared in 19 games for the Islanders last season.
According to Chris Kuc, Brennan and Pokka will report to Rockford. Nilsson will remain in the KHL.
The Blackhawks also reportedly sent goaltender Kent Simpson to the Islanders in the deal. Simpson was assigned to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL earlier on Saturday.
Leddy, 23, leaves the Blackhawks organization with 93 points (20 goals, 73 assists) in 258 regular season games. He added two goals and eight assists in 54 postseason games, and was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup championship team.
Acquired from Minnesota in the now-infamous Cam Barker trade, Leddy left the University of Minnesota after his freshman year and was immediately pressed into the rotation at the United Center when Brian Campbell got hurt at the start of the 2010-11 season.
Leddy was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft.