“He has great quickness and speed, is smart and skilled but also very reliable. A coach can put him out in any situation and feel comfortable. His speed allows him to create offense off the rush, making him very difficult to defend.” –
Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr
• In 2015-16, McLeod skated for his hometown Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, finishing second in team scoring with 61 points (21-40— 61) in 57 games behind linemate and No. 3-ranked North American skater Alexander Nylander (28-47—75).
• McLeod added 3-6—9 in seven postseason contests – including a pair of three-point outings – before the Steelheads were eliminated in the first round by Barrie.
• In 2013-14, McLeod registered 21-36—57 in 33 games for the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, coached by Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey. At the 2014 OHL Cup, he produced 7-4—11 in seven games to lead the Marlboros to the OHL Cup championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
• Internationally, McLeod was part of Canada’s gold medal entry at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and skated for his country at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship.
• McLeod is part of a hockey family: his older brother, Matthew, played for Canisius College in 2015-16 and his younger brother, Ryan, played alongside Michael as a teammate on the Steelheads.
• He wears No. 9 in honor of hockey legend Gordie Howe, his mother’s favorite player.