Still, beneath his mellow exterior, one senses in Leetch a steely resolve to maximize his great gifts. Though he will not turn 21 until March 3, he goes about his job with a discipline and gravity that are excruciatingly adult. He lives in Greenwich, Conn., in the home of a friend from college. It is not exactly life in the fast lane.
Says Leetch, "I haven't gone to any plays or museums or anything. But now that I have a girlfriend, maybe I'll start doing some more civilized things."
It is ironic, and a little amusing, that after Esposito's 40 trades over the past 2½ years, of all the hockey hessians he has assembled, the two most important Rangers of 1988-89 are likely to be rookies Espo didn't even draft.
"Phil's a businessman," says Jack Leetch. Brian's father. "I'm sure he'd trade Brian or Tony tomorrow if he thought it would get the Rangers closer to the Stanley Cup."
Trade Brian or Tony? That possibility shrinks with each game the Super Rookies play. As Vanbiesbrouck says, "I can't remember what the team was like without them."