Michael McLeod

by grantfrey on December 14, 2017

 

Michael McLeod, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-2

Weight: 194

Born: 1998-02-03

Hometown:  Mississauga, ON

Drafted: New Jersey, 12th overall 2016

 

 

Observations:

Since returning from injury McLeod has been off to a slow start with the Mississauga Steelheads. However, Devils fans should expect a strong second half of the season from McLeod as he is centering one of the most prolific lines in the entire CHL. McLeod stats should start to take off with Owen Tippet being sent down from Florida and his brother Ryan, a projected first round draft pick this year playing on his wing. Devils fans will be able to get a great view of McLeod this Boxing Day as he is expected to be one of the main scoring threats for Canada at this year’s World Junior’s. - Grant Frey

October 2017 - McLeod is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing a successful surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. With the abundance of young talent emerging in the Devils line up, it is difficult to predict what the Devils will do with McLeod when he has fully recovered from his injury. Grant Frey

July 2017 - After an impressive development camp McLeod is putting himself in a good position to make the Devil`s opening night roster. The speedy centre showed off his incredible vision and is doing everything he can to stay up with the big team this year. New Jersey has had problems scoring goals as of late and may turn to McLeod this season for some depth scoring. If McLeod impresses in the rookie and main camp he will have every opportunity to earn a spot for this upcoming season. If McLeod is returned to the Mississauga Steelheads they will be one of the favourites to capture the OHL title. As well, if returned to junior, McLeod will be a prominent member of Canada`s world junior team. Grant Frey

June 2017 – Prior to the Entry Draft McLeod ranks as New Jersey’s top prospect to not yet hit the NHL. Look for him to continue his impressive trajectory after a third OHL campaign featuring 27 goals and 46 assists in 57 Steelhead regular contests and a 27-point, plus-17 run in 20 postseason games. Such scoring is sorely needed in New Jersey and will help clear a quick path to the NHL. Kevin Wickersham

March 2017 – McLeod continues to tear up the Ontario Hockey League on a scoring pace surpassing last year's impressive totals. At 22 goals and 44 assists in 52 games, he has helped lead a remarkable Mississauga resurgence from last to first place by a huge, 22-point margin in the OHL's Central Division, including clinching a playoff berth nearly a month before season's end. He was named CHL player of the week in late February during a three-game span in which he accumulated five goals and six assists with a plus-8 rating. He's grown as a physical force this campaign while decreasing his penalty minutes to 45 from the 71 he earned in 2015-16. Netted two goals and dished an assist for Canada in this winter's WJC tournament. Could rise in the professional ranks quickly as New Jersey looks to bolster its anemic offense. Kevin Wickersham

December 2016 - The 2016-17 campaign has been rough going for the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads as they sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference at 10-14-3-3, but their highly-touted Devils’ prospect McLeod has persevered to score at a more than point-per-game pace (6 G, 22 A in 26 games) as he did last year (21 G, 40 A in 57 games). Playing in his hometown, the 18 year-old center has displayed a tough and competitive edge (31 PIM) that compliments his blazing speed on the ice. McLeod continues to exhibit all the offensive skill and grit needed to excel at the next level as a true power center. – Kevin Wickersham

June 2016 – Desperate for offense, the Devils lunged at McLeod 12th overall. It's not farfetched to envision the sizable scoring center as New Jersey's top middleman in the near future. Mark Allan

 

February 2016 - His stock has been steadily rising and he had a strong start to the OHL season. If he continues to shine he could push his ranking into the top five overall. McLeod has an impressive package of skill, skating, smarts and speed.  McLeod possesses leadership qualities, is dominant on draws has excellent playmaking skills but his strongest asset is his acceleration and speed. While his offensive upside may never win him a scoring championship and he may not even lead his team in scoring, McLeod forecasts to be an extremely valuable player much like Jonathan Toews. Peter Harling

February 2016 - McLeod is a very strong skater, has good size for a first line center, is a reliable two-way player and strong on draws. His skill set in terms of playmaking, puck control and shooting is strong, but what I feel is his greatest area of opportunity is his creativity offensively. McLeod has drawn comparisons to Jonathan Toews, and while their styles are similar I am not sure his offensive upside is that high in terms of the NHL level. Still a sure-fire future NHL player and one a team can build a winning team around as a 2-3 center.  Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-

Blazing fast feet, quick hands and thinking the game well both ways are skills that got McLeod drafted in the first round. Had season-ending meniscus surgery.

 

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Michael McLeod 2015-2016 OHL Highlights:

 

Michael McLeod is the fastest skater in the OHL:

 

 

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