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David Legwand | Center | #17

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/17/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (2) / NAS
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David Legwand ranks second on the Sabres in shorthanded ice time per game.
He is just 20 seconds behind team leader Rasmus Ristolainen (2:40) and Buffalo leans on him for his experience. "We go over the faceoffs at the morning skate every day," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We have a scout on the players. We know who we're going against, but David has his own book on each guy with his experience. He goes over each guy, each player with his tendencies with all our centermen. It's really the same on the penalty kill. His experience, his intelligence, his knowledge is something we lean on as a group going into the penalty kill." Buffalo ranks 15th on the penalty kill this season. Legwand also picked up a shorthanded point against Montreal on Wednesday when he set up a goal by Marcus Foligno. He has 13 points in 68 games this year. Mar 18 - 7:45 AM

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David Legwand scored in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Legwand opened the scoring at the 14:37 mark of the first period. Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals. Legwand has three goals and nine points in 41 games this season.
Jan 15 - 10:05 PM

David Legwand is averaging just 9:29 minutes per game with Buffalo in 2015-16.

That's down from an average of 13:53 minutes with Ottawa last season and 16:58 minutes with Detroit in 2013-14. At the age of 35, Legwand's career is winding down and it wouldn't be shocking if he retires this summer following the completion of his current contract. In the meantime, he's chipped in two goals and eight points in 31 contests, which is decent given his role with the Sabres.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Buffalo forward David Legwand scored his first goal of the season Monday night in the Sabres' 2-1 loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues.

Legwand's goal, at 16:45 of the second period, gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead but the Blues bounced back in the third with two goals for the win. Legwand's goal was unassisted.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 10:55:00 PM

David Legwand and Carlo Colaiacovo are scratches against the Canadiens on Friday night.

With nary a point or any other meaningful metric to their name thus far, both Lewand and Colaiacovo should not be considered even as short-term fill-ins.
Source: Joe Yerdon
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 06:55:00 PM

David Legwand and Carlo Colaiacovo are scratches against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Legwand drew back into the lineup last game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after being scratched against the Florida Panthers the previous game. Former Leafs rearguard, Colaiacovo will be scratched for the fourth straight and only appeared in the first two Buffalo games this season.
Source: nhl.com
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 06:54:00 PM

David Legwand is a healthy scratch in Buffalo's game against Florida.

Legwand's better days are behind him, but the Sabres were forced to take him as part of a deal for Robin Lehner. The veteran is making $3 million dollars in the final year of his contract in 2015-16. Carlo Colaiacovo is also a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 07:46:00 PM

The Buffalo Sabres are counting on David Legwand to be a leader for their young players this season.

Legwand was acquired from Ottawa during the off-season, and although he won't contribute much offensively, the Sabres believe he can help in other areas. "David's definitely into the veteran category of his career, but he's always been a guy who is kind of a straight-line-skating guy, up and down," coach Dan Bylsma said. "There's not a lot of flash and there's not a ton of - I know he's going to read this and comment on it tomorrow - but there's not a ton of playmaking, there's not a ton of hockey sense. He's a fast skater, an aggressive skater. He's a smart hockey player, and that's how he's got to play." Legwand can certainly help young centers like Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart transition to the NHL.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 08:31:00 AM

David Legwand started training camp alongside Nick Deslauriers and Marcus Foligno.

He’s expected to fill a third- or fourth-line center role with the Sabres. "Now he’s definitely into the veteran category of his career," coach Dan Bylsma said. "But he’s always been … kind of a straight-line skating guy, up and down. There’s not a lot of flash and there’s not a ton of – I know he’s going to read this and comment on it tomorrow – playmaking. He’s a fast skater, an aggressive skater, a smart hockey player, and that’s the way he’s got to play." Don’t expect the veteran to be a fantasy asset; he tallied only 27 points last season.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 07:08:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators have shipped David Legwand and Robin Lehner to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Legwand is coming off of a rough campaign where he was limited to nine goals and 27 points in 80 contests. He was also scratched for half of Ottawa's 2015 playoff contests. He could certainly use a change of scenery and the Senators likely wanted his $3 million cap hit off the books.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 10:21:00 AM

David Legwand will be scratched for Game Four on Wednesday night against Montreal.

Zack Smith will take the veteran center's place. Legwand, the former first ever draft pick by Nashville in 1998, has scored 13 goals and 28 points in 55 career playoff games. However he's yet to factor positively during Ottawa's three losses in the series.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 09:01:00 PM

David Legwand could be dealt by the Senators prior to the trade deadline.

"I've got to talk to Bryan to see what's going on here in the next couple of weeks and we'll go from there," Legwand said Monday. "Nothing has been said, so I have no idea." He signed a two-year, $6 million contract to play in Ottawa last summer. Legwand has seven goals and 21 points 49 games this season.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 08:56:00 AM

Look for David Legwand to return to the Ottawa lineup against Phoenix Saturday afternoon.

He had been a healthy scratch for the Sens' last two games but is needed due to Alex Chiasson's injury. Legwand does not have any real fantasy value.
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 11:41:00 AM

David Legwand, Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki are scratches in Thursday's game against Dallas.

Legwand has now been scratched in back-to-back games. The 34-year-old signed with the Senators' as a free-agent last off-season. He has seven goals and 19 points in 45 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 07:46:00 PM

David Legwand will be a healthy scratch for the Senators Wednesday against Toronto.

As some expected earlier today, Legwand will find himself a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Curtis Lazar will take his spot in the lineup. Legwand has seven goals and 12 assists in 45 games this year but now finds himself in head coach Dave Cameron's doghouse.
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 06:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Johan Larsson
4Zemgus Girgensons
5David Legwand
LW1Evander Kane
2Marcus Foligno
3Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Sam Reinhart
2Brian Gionta
3Matt Moulson
4Hudson Fasching
5Tyler Ennis
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Jake McCabe
4Josh Gorges
5Mark Pysyk
6Casey Nelson
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Cody Franson
G1Chad Johnson
2Robin Lehner
3Jason Kasdorf