Spirit acquire Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod in blockbuster trade
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Saginaw, MI – Saginaw Spirit general manager Dave Drinkill has announced Wednesday the acquisition of forward Ryan McLeod via trade with the Mississauga Steelheads.
“As an organization, we are extremely excited to add a player like Ryan McLeod to our already strong group of forwards, said Drinkill. “We feel he brings game-breaking ability to our team using his speed and skill to make plays for himself and others. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do within our system. Elite players like Ryan McLeod do not become available very often so we are fortunate to be adding him today and can’t wait to see him in a Spirit uniform.”
In exchange, the Spirit send defenseman Duncan Penman, a 2019 third-round pick (LDN), 2020 second-round pick (SAG), 2022 third-round pick (SAG), 2024 third-round pick (SAG), and a conditional draft pick.
McLeod, 19, comes to Saginaw after spending the last four seasons (2015-18) with the Steelheads where he has appeared in 230 OHL games during that time. After being selected No. 3 overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, McLeod has recorded 54 goals, 116 assists for 170 points.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario, becomes the second player on the Spirit player roster alongside defenseman Bode Wilde (NY Islanders) to be drafted in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft, taken with the 40th pick by the Edmonton Oilers.
In 2017-18, McLeod finished with career-highs in goals (26), assists (44) and points (70), before playing in 32 games this season and compiling 12 goals, 26 assists for 38 points. In his rookie year, McLeod appeared in 62 games and notched double-digit assists (13) and points (20) during the 2015-16 season.
McLeod began his OHL career with Mississauga after being dealt from the Firebirds for eight future Priority Selection picks, including a first-round choice and four second rounders.
The 6-foot-3, 173 pound McLeod tallied 30 goals and 51 assists for 81 points in 74 games for the Toronto Marlboros Mdgt AAA in 2014-15 and was named Player of the Year in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL).
Penman, 17, is in his second OHL season where finishes his stint with the Spirit after 83 career games played and compiling five goals, 11 assists for 16 points. Taken in the second round with the No. 25 pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Penman, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is eligible for the NHL Draft in 2019.
“It is never easy moving a player that you have drafted and brought into the organization, and we do want to thank Duncan Penman for everything he has done for the Saginaw Spirit, Drinkill said of the second-year defenseman. “The entire Spirit organization wishes Duncan and his family nothing but the best moving forward in Mississauga.”
McLeod is expected to make his Saginaw Spirit debut Saturday night, when Spirit host the Kitchener Rangers at The Dow Event Center. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m.