Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton was born May 19, 1981 in Petrolia, Ontario. The sixth round, 165th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Leighton is a graduate of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.

The Petrolia, Ontario native spent three seasons between the pipes in Windsor setting a career high for wins (32) and GAA (2.73) in 2000-01 before making his professional debut the following year with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate in Norfolk. In his first season with Norfolk, Leighton suited up for 52 games and finished with a 27-16-8 record along with a 2.14 GAA and .920 save percentage.

Coming off a strong rookie season, Leighton consistent play early in the 2002-03 season with the Admirals earned him an eight game stint with the parent club throughout the season and in 2003-04 the former Spitfire spent most of his time in the Windy City, while seeing limited action with the Admirals.

Prior to the 2005-06 season, Leighton was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres where he would spend the majority of the season with the club's AHL team in Rochester. The following off-season, he was signed by the Anaheim Ducks who in turn placed him on waivers after he competed in 16 games with the club's AHL affiliate in Portland. After stops in Nashville and Philadelphia, the netminder was claimed by then Montreal Canadiens who opted to trade him to Carolina in the summer of 2007.

In Carolina, Leighton would serve predominantly as the backup for starter, Cam Ward. In 2008-09 he would see action in 19 games and post a respectable 2.92 goals against average.

On December 15, 2009 Leighton was placed on waivers by the Hurricanes and subsequently claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Over the next three seasons, Leighton would go back and forth between the AHL and NHL, spending time with the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

On April 3, 2013, the NHL trade deadline, Leighton was shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Steve Mason.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1997-98 Petrolia Jets ON-Jr.B 30 2 3.30
1998-99 Windsor Spitfires OHL 28 4 15 9 0 4.83 3 0 1 0 7.43
1999-00 Windsor Spitfires OHL 42 17 17 2 1 3.12 12 5 6 0 3.11
2000-01 Windsor Spitfires OHL 54 32 13 5 2 2.73 9 4 5 1 3.12
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 52 27 16 8 6 2.14 4 1 2 0 2.02
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 2 3 2 1 2.82
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 36 18 13 5 4 2.50 4 3 1 1 1.75
2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 6 18 8 2 2.99
2003-04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 18 10 7 1 1 1.83 4 2 1 2 0.57
2004-05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 41 20 16 3 7 2.02
2005-06 Rochester Americans AHL 40 15 22 1 2 3.21
2006-07 Portland Pirates AHL 16 8 6 1 2 2.31
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0 6.00
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 2 2 0 0 3.69
2006-07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 2 0 2 0 1.56
2007-08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3 1 1 0 0 2.66
2007-08 Albany River Rats AHL 58 28 25 4 7 2.10 7 3 4 2 1.18
2008-09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 19 6 7 2 0 2.92
2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 7 1 4 0 0 4.29
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 16 5 2 1 2.48 14 8 3 3 2.46
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 1 0 0 0 4.00 2 0 1 0 3.43
2010-11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 30 14 12 3 5 2.22
2011-12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 56 28 26 1 2 2.58
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.08
2012-13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 2 1 1 0 0 2.02
NHL Totals 105 35 41 14 4 2.97 16 8 4 3 2.53


AHL All-Rookie Team (2002) AHL First All-Star Team (2008)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (AHL - Outstanding Goaltender) (2008)
Traded to Buffalo by Chicago for Milan Bartovic, October 4, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 13, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Anaheim, November 27, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Nashville, January 11, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from Philadelphia, February 27, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Montreal for Carolina's 7th round choice (Scott Kishel) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 23, 2007. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Carolina, December 15, 2009. Traded to Columbus by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 3rd round choice in 2015 Entry Draft for Steve Mason, April 3, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Donetsk (KHL), August 19, 2013.