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Devils sign first-rounder McLeod

2016 NHL Draft - Portraits

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Michael McLeod poses for a portrait after being selected 12th overall by the New Jersey Devils in round one during the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)

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The New Jersey Devils signed Michael McLeod to a three-year entry-level contract on Friday.

McLeod - who seemingly goes by Mikey - was selected 12th overall despite some “shade” being thrown his way, according to the Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy’s write-up for PHT.

Said shade went McLeod’s way as his numbers may have suffered from injury issues, but the positive side is that he’s described as the sort of speedy forward that the Devils could really use.

As his mom explained in this fun story for the Devils’ website, McLeod has always been fast.

“For the longest time, it was almost like he was running on the ice because he had to go so fast to keep up with the other kids,” Judi McLeod said. “When he got a bit older, we got him a power skating coach to help him lengthen his stride so he could learn to stop running and wasn’t having to put so much effort into each stride, but he was always faster than almost everyone.”

Now it’s just a matter of seeing how quickly he could make a difference for the Devils.