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2016 NHL Draft Guide: Michael McLeod

Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images.No other player in the top ten elicited as much debate as the speedy OHL center - some scouts have him in consideration for the top 6...yet some polled by TSN's Bob McKenzie didn't even like him in the top 15.

"He's a polarizing figure, but I really like his game," said one Ontario-based scout who thinks he's a top-ten prospect.  "I think the public lists are undervaluing him.  Some question his offensive upside, but I think his style will translate well to the NHL game."

McLeod disappointed scouts at the U-18's with four points in seven games, but he stepped up in the playoff round much like he did in the OHL playoffs and throughout the regular season.

"I think he'll be a big-game player who helps win you playoff games," said the scout.  "His speed/size combination and non-stop motor will be effective in the pro game...he's going to be a handful at any level, especially when he adds some weight."

McLeod's work ethic, faceoff prowess, defence, size, and speed are all strong indicators he'll be an effective third-line center, but the upside is there to be a top-two pivot if his hands and head ever catch up to his feet.