BAKERSFIELD, CA - Fresh off signing a three-year entry-level contract and agreeing to an AHL Amateur Tryout Contract to join the Condors, Ryan McLeod's speed and skill was front and centre on Thursday morning.
"What stands out is that he's a big body that can skate," said Condors Head Coach Jay Woodcroft following Thursday's practice. "He's a centre iceman that provides a little depth for us at that position.
"He's got a lively personality and he's excited to be here. He's passionate about the game and he's serious about being the best that he can be. We're excited to have him join our group."
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound centre led the OHL's Saginaw Spirit to Game 7 of the Western Conference Championship, as the team was eventually ousted by fellow Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov and the Guelph Storm.
McLeod was traded to the Spirit midseason after 32 games with the Mississauga Steelheads. The Oilers 2018 second round pick (40th overall) registered 19 goals and 43 assists in the regular season before posting 12 points (5G, 7A) in 17 games during the playoffs.
"We've been in good contact with some of our area scouts and development people that give me an update of where he's at in his personal game and how he affected that Saginaw team and their playoffs," said Woodcroft.
"He is a young man that can skate and has size through the middle. He has a defensive conscious about him and he'll add to our group for sure."
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Following his first summer as an NHL draft pick, McLeod's combination of speed and size warranted an extended look at Oilers Main Camp back in September and October, providing an invaluable experience for the Mississauga native.
"He was one of the storylines of main camp," said Woodcroft. "It was just his pace and ability to get in on forechecks and look at home with NHL hockey players. He went right to the very end of main camp there.
"He left a great impression. It set him up for a good season in the Ontario Hockey League. He had a good effect on two different franchises there and today he showed exactly what he is."