EDMONTON, AB - Height, weight, flex, lie, curve.
The modifications that can be made to a player's hockey stick are endless and Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod has found out that it's never too late to make edits to a twig.
After being prodded about using too short of a stick over the summer, the 2018 second-rounder selection decided to lengthen the height of his on-ice tool in an effort for more comfort on the ice when shooting, protecting the puck and passing.
"I lengthened it a lot," McLeod said Thursday following Group B's skate at Downtown Community Rink. "I used a really short stick and I think for puck protection, I couldn't keep the puck as far as I could and I couldn't shoot really well. I just made it a little bit longer and those problems are gone."
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McLeod said he felt the flak from people around him who said his stick wasn't a good fit for his 6-foot-2 scale. It was enough for the Mississauga, ON, product to make a change.
"A lot of people told me that," he said. "Meeting with teams at the (NHL Draft) Combine and stuff like that, they were all over me for that.
"I thought I would give it a try and I liked it so I'm sticking with it."
The 18-year-old - who turns 19 on Friday - has continued to impress at Oilers Main Camp. The pivot notched two helpers against Calgary on Monday and was in the lineup for Edmonton's 4-2 win over the Canucks on Tuesday.
"It's a great experience and I'm learning a lot," McLeod said. "It's been a battle every day to stay in the lineup and it's been a lot of fun."