BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Michael McLeod makes his much anticipated pro debut Friday night for the Binghamton Devils when the B-Devils host Syracuse. McLeod was the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. McLeod was in the Ontario Hockey League since 2014 playing for the Mississauga Steelheads before New Jersey assigned him to Binghamton Tuesday. The center scored 44 points in 38 regular season games for the Steelheads this year before getting the call to Binghamton.
Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky told 12 Sports with a smile, McLeod will be in the lineup Friday, unless he says he can't be, but knows despite McLeod's talent, there will still be an adjustment to the pro game.
"I think moving forward in pro hockey he's going to have to play a little more give-n-go hockey where he gives it up, jumps into holes, uses his size and speed and gets it back down low, off the rush," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "He's going to challenge guys one-on-one. It's making the adjustment from playing against boys to playing against men."
Puck drops Friday night at 7:05 p.m.