The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted defenseman Johnathan MacLeod in the second round, 57th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Dracut, Massachusetts, native is in his sophomore season at Boston University.
“He’s a strong kid and is very combative,” Boston University head coach David Quinn said when asked about his play.
Before playing on the collegiate level, MacLeod blossomed for the United States’ U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championships. He posted two goals and an assist in seven tournament games. As a result, Team USA defeated Finland to secure the Gold Medal.
On top of MacLeod’s physicality, Quinn also complimented other aspects of his game. “People overlook his stick play,” Quinn said. “He passes the puck well and has a big shot.”
MacLeod’s production carried over when he started at Boston University. As a freshman, he scored two goals and compiled seven assists in 37 games. He also led the team with 54 penalty minutes in addition to being second amongst defensemen with a +19 rating and third for blocked shots (50).
However, his sophomore season has been one of adversity. He’s had a goal and an assist in 25 games and has been rotated in and out of the lineup. That being said, Quinn mentioned that the sophomore season is usually the toughest for his players, but he’s praised the way MacLeod has handled the process.
“Sometimes players have to face adversity,” Quinn said. “He hasn’t allowed the situation to get to him.”
Nevertheless, Quinn said that he liked the way he played in BU’s recent contest against UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Tournament.
“He has good potential and he’s learning to work hard,” Quinn said.
As his college career progresses, Quinn acknowledged that MacLeod has to improve on his consistency and minimizing his mistakes, but he’ll have two more years at BU to live up to his potential.
Boston University fell to the Denver Pioneers 7-2 in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.