Among reasons the Blackhawks lead their playoff series 3-1 against the Minnesota Wild entering the game Thursday night, May 9, in Chicago is former Minnesota Mr. Hockey Nick Leddy from Eden Prairie.

Leddy, 22, was acquired from the Wild in a 2010 trade for Cam Barker. The 6-foot former Gophers defenseman is in his third season with the Blackhawks and can become a restricted free agent after the season.

Leddy's $990,000 contract is prorated for the NHL's truncated 48-game season, but he is expected to make another $325,000 in performance bonuses.

The Wild made the smooth-skating Leddy their first-round draft pick (16th overall) in 2009.

Leddy was back home for several days while the Blackhawks were in St. Paul to play the Wild in Games 3 and 4 of their opening-round series.

"Got to see my family and friends; it was awesome," Leddy said after Tuesday night's 3-0 victory over the Wild before 19,378 spectators at the Xcel Energy Center.

"It was great to get a home-cooked meal. We had walleye at my dad's house."