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Devils forward prospect worked on becoming a more complete player in the offseason

by Marc Ciampa /

After his first complete pro season last year, playing 55 games in Binghamton and another 22 in New Jersey, Mike McLeod had a good idea of what he needed in order to be a better player. 

"I think I just worked on rounding out my game," said McLeod. "I worked a lot of my skating kind of just getting smoother and more balanced and stronger on my skates going into corners going up against bigger guys.

"You play against bigger guys in pro and the D are stronger. They can push you around. I worked on that, got stronger and worked on my hands and all that stuff. So I'm feeling really good coming to camp."

This is the fourth camp that McLeod has been at here in Buffalo so despite still being a rookie at the NHL level, he's been able to lend his experience to his other teammates. 

"Talk to everyone get everyone involved, you know make everyone feel like a team part of the team. If someone makes a mistake, just go up to them and stuff like that," McLeod said when asked what he's been doing in a leadership role. 

"So just just recognizing that you've been through it and it's nerve-racking for the younger guys."

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