Devils Select Michael McLeod with 12th Overall Pick

All the hype for the 11th overall pick, and the Devils ended up trading it.  They traded the 11th overall pick to the Senators for pick #12 and a 3rd round pick (#80) in the 2016 NHL Draft.  The Devils would use the 12th overall pick to select Michael McLeod, the 6’2 center from the Mississauga Steelheads.

McLeod has been described as one of the best skaters in this draft, but has problems with finishing.  He is projected to be a playmaker at the next level.  If I could describe this pick, it would be meh.  HockeyProspect.com talked about McLeod at length in their 2016 NHL Draft Black Book, and it wasn’t a glowing write-up.  Their scouts love his size and his skating ability, as well as his passing skills.  The one knock on him they mention is his scoring.  They mentioned that he fell to 19th on their list because his passes up scoring opportunities, or his just missed great opportunities.  That’s not encouraging at all.  One NHL Scout mentioned that their combine interview with him was really bad, and that for a kid who has so much energy on the ice, he doesn’t have much off.

Future Considerations also has a very in-depth profile on McLeod.  Some things they praise are his skating, his hands, his defensive play, and his all around play.  They mention how he can set up scoring chances with his speed and passing.  Some things that they point out as weaknesses are inconsistent play and bad passes.  They project him as a top 6 two-way center at the NHL level.

I can’t say that I’m thrilled with this pick.  It’s early to tell for sure, but I’m not a big fan of a player who has a hard time finishing.  Time will tell how the pick plays out, and I hope he proves me wrong, but I’m just very meh with this pick.

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