#1: Cody McLeod, Michael Meyers
Come on, the current scariest Colorado Avalanche player couldn’t be anyone other than our merry little enforcer, Cody McLeod. If Erik Johnson has a hockey smile, McLeod has a hockey leer. If Nikita Zadorov likes to hit, McLeod likes to obliterate. If Gabriel Landeskog like to model clothes, McLeod likes to provide corpses.
Ok, my comparison may have gone astray.However, this is a guy who’s celebration once scared a referee:
Jan 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) reacts to game tying goal in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Just nine little games into the season, McLeod is already three fights to the good. He’s already squared off with Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars, Andy Andrehoff of the Los Angeles Kings and David Clarkson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Roussel fight was an especially good one:
My favorite will always be when McLeod does Dallas — he started laying hits to the Dallas Stars like, well, it was Halloween and he was passing out candy:
With 31 penalty minutes, Cody McLeod is second in the entire NHL so far. In fact, McLeod’s on pace to hit nearly 300. Ok, again, he probably won’t. However, he maxed out at 191, and he’ll probably hit close to that again.