Colorado Avalanche: 5 Prospects for the Fourth Line

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Cody McLeod, Left Wing

Mar 23, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Shoots: Left

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210 pounds

Last Team: Colorado Avalanche

2014-15 Stats:

GP G A P PIM +/-
 82  7  5  12 191  -2

Cody McLeod is almost certain to skate on the fourth line — he’s the Avalanche’s alternate captain, and it would be weird to make a healthy scratch out of your alternate captain.

McLeod is also the perfect energy player. He has a little offensive upside, but he’s mostly about being offensive. He’s not huge, but he’s a scrapper who makes opponents pay. He’s a hard worker and clearly displays leadership.

Last season McLeod spent the majority of his time on the fourth line, though he did move up and down the lineup. There were times he lined up next to Matt Duchene on the top line. It’s unlikely that’ll happen again, but it’s a safe bet that McLeod is skating against the hated Wild on opening night.