BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - "He's going to be in the lineup unless he tells us he can't be," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky.
Michael McLeod is in Binghamton and ready to make an impact for the Binghamton Devils starting Friday night against Syracuse. The 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL draft recorded 44 points this season in just 38 regular season games for the Mississauga Steelheads. Now that his junior career is over, he's ready to make his pro debut and he's not a completely new face to all of his new teammates.
"Sucks being done in the playoffs in Juniors," said Binghamton Devils forward Michael McLeod. "But, that meant coming over here and starting my pro career, so really exciting times."
"I kind of had a feeling that this usually happens," said McLeod. "Got a call the next day, and they flew me out."
On his new teammates with the Binghamton Devils:
"I know a lot of the guys from past camps and either playing with them or against them," said McLeod. "Really nice guys. Everybody made me feel comfortable and it's exciting."
Kowalsky on the type of talent McLeod has:
"He's obviously skilled," said Kowalsky. "Decent sized, good size for a centerman. He's got speed. I think Mike has the ability to challenge guys one-on-one. He's played hockey at a high level being in back-to-back tournaments in the World Juniors for Team Canada."
McLeod makes his professional debut Friday night at home against Syracuse. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.