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Top prospect McLeod has knee surgery

Mississauga forward, 2016 draft-eligible, to miss three weeks @NHLdotcom

Mississauga forward Michael McLeod, one of the top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft, is expected to miss three weeks after having knee surgery, the team announced Tuesday.   

McLeod had surgery Tuesday to repair a small meniscus tear, according to the Mississauga website. The injury was sustained during a game against Barrie on Feb. 6. 

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound forward is No. 6 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the draft. He has 19 goals and 56 points in 50 games this season. 

Mississauga is sixth in the Eastern Conference with 60 points. The top eight teams from the conference will qualify for the OHL playoffs. 

The injury should not affect his high standing on most draft boards, since McLeod is considered to be one of the fastest skaters in the draft. 

"He's an excellent hard-working, two-way forward with speed, quickness and smarts," said Dan Marr, NHL director of Central Scouting. "He plays with drive and determination and is very tough to check." 

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