Today the USHL announced that Gamblers defenseman Nick Leitner has earned Player of the Week honors.
Leitner dished out three assists in Green Bay’s 6-2 win at Central Illinois on Friday before adding two more helpers as the Gamblers knocked off the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-4 in overtime on Saturday. The Bemidji, MN native is now up to seven points on the season thanks to his big weekend. Those seven points (0G, 7A) lead all USHL defenseman in scoring and are tied for fifth among all USHL players. Leitner is also tied for the Gamblers’ scoring lead. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Leitner spend two seasons (2016-18) with the Des Moines Buccaneers, recording 12 points (2G, 10A) in 86 games to go along with a +11 rating. He suited up for Bemidji High (MN) before coming to the USHL before the 2016-17 season. Leitner was selected in the second round, 18th overall by Des Moines in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft and was acquired by Green Bay via trade on May 1.