Prospect Profile: Ryan McLeod
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON
Ryan McLeod is a third year forward for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. McLeod was drafted 3rd overall in 2015 by Flint, the first player they selected in team history in the OHL Priority Selection. He was dealt before the season started to Mississauga where he has had great success in his OHL career. McLeod is ranked as an “A” player in the NHL’s Player to Watch List. Expect to hear his name called late in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft.
Ryan McLeod requested a trade to Mississauga to play with his older brother Michael (New Jersey Devils pick). The OHL Cup MVP in 2015 has put up respectable numbers in his OHL career. He is a pass-first player. Of the 104 points he has put up in 3 regular seasons, 77 of them have been assists. He is also very disciplined, only registering 68 penalty minutes in 170 games. McLeod can be a solid top 6 centre. He is a tall player, who can skate very well and make excellent passes. McLeod was 3rd in the 2016-17 Coaches Poll in the Best Skater category. If McLeod shoots the puck some more rather than passing, he can be a dangerous NHL player.
His OHL Career:
2015-16: The Mississauga Steelheads have been a very solid well rounded team in the past few years. Ryan McLeod has played with some very skilled forwards in his 3 years with the Steelheads. In his rookie season he scored 7 goals and added 13 assists. He played alongside brother Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian and Alex Nylander. McLeod gathered plenty of useful experience in his first year. He played with Canada White in the U-17 tournament, winning a gold medal, where he registered 1 assist in a very skilled lineup, and also appeared in the Ivan Hlinka tournament in . Later on his Steelheads would take on the Barrie Colts in the first round of the playoffs. The 2nd place Colts were almost upset by Mississauga. McLeod and the Steelheads took the Colts all the way to game 7, only to lose 5-1 in the winner-take-all Game 7.
2016-17: What a difference a year can make. McLeod went from registering 20 points in his first season to putting up 42 points in his 2nd season in the OHL. The Steelheads finished 2nd in the Conference, and to the delight of Trout Fans, had a long playoff run. Mississauga beat Ottawa in the first round 4-2, walked over Oshawa in the Conference Semi-Finals 4-1, and would go on to win the Bobby Orr trophy, as they swept the 1st place Peterborough Petes, and went on to lose the OHL Finals against Erie. What did McLeod do during the playoff rounds? He finished 11th in scoring in the Playoffs with 5 goals and 15 assists. The McLeod’s and Spencer Watson were key factors for Mississauga’s Playoff success.
2017-18: Ryan McLeod has been counted on for more of a leadership role this year. He has been one of the most reliable forwards on the team. With Michael McLeod only appearing in 11 games this year due to injury and Owen Tippett playing in 23 games after being returned from his stint with the Florida Panthers, this has been the perfect time for Ryan McLeod to have a showcase for what he can do. McLeod will appear in the top prospects game January 25th in Guelph, in front of plenty of NHL scouts. He has matched his point total from last year with 42 points. With his brother back and Tippett as well, watch out for the Steelheads to climb the Eastern Conference Standings and make some noise in the Playoffs.