Place of BirthAmherst, MA
Leonard is a well-rounded forward who can impact the game in many different aspects due in large part to the constant effort he puts in. He skates well while doing the little things right, being hard on the forecheck, and putting in work tracking back to the play. The pressure he put on defenders while forechecking was superb. He sets his sights on the puck-carrier and keeps those feet moving. He is all for laying bone-crushing hits when the opportunity is presented as well. He was found putting in work down low and in the corners a lot this game, along with having a strong net-front presence. Leonard’s skating ability is just fine. His speed is average but he has good edges that help out his overall mobility on the ice. His shooting mechanics looked good, and I especially thought his wrister came off with some high velocity. However, his accuracy could improve as he missed the net a few times and wasn’t able to really pick a corner on any of his shots. His game has a power forward like look to it, with some offensive skill involved as well. I think his ceiling and upside is limited, but his floor as a NHL player is really high to me. Leonard projects as a real solid third-line forward with some second line upside that can contribute on the penalty kill in the NHL. I’d look to select him in the back half of the second round in the upcoming draft.
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|Oct 3/22||Ryan Leonard||24180 – USA U18 vs. Green Bay||USHL||by Douglas Larson||View Summary|