Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today re-signed restricted free-agent forward Michael McLeod to a two-year contract worth $1,950,000 with an average annual value of $975,000. The breakdown is as follows: 2021-22, $950,000 and 2022-23, $1,000,000. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
McLeod, 23, completed his third NHL season with the Devils, recording career-highs with nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 52 games played. The centerman tallied his first-career NHL goal on Jan. 26, against the Philadelphia Flyers, and tallied two game-winning goals which ranked third (tied) for the Devils in the 2020-21 season.
Additionally, McLeod's six goals during the team's last 27 games played ranked third on New Jersey. He also led the Devils with 42 penalty minutes and four fighting majors.
Born on Feb. 23, 1998, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, McLeod was New Jersey's first-round selection, 12th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. Prior to his NHL experience, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward spent four seasons, 2014-15 until 2017-2018, in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) skating for the Mississauga Steelheads, where he captained the team in his final two seasons.
McLeod also spent parts of three seasons (2017-18 to 2019-20) with New Jersey's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Binghamton Devils, while recording 14 goals and earning 43 assists for 57 points, in 108 regular-season games.
He represented his home country in international play, participating in the U20 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) in 2016-17 and 2017-18. McLeod earned a gold medal at the 2018 WJC and posted four points (1G-3A) in seven games played.