Lightning keep adding defensemen, pick Jonathan MacLeod
Jonathan MacLeod grew up idolizing Dion Phaneuf, the hard-nosed Maple Leafs captain.
"He's such a physical presence, such a leader," MacLeod said. "I really tried to emulate his game as much as I could."
MacLeod, 18, hopes to bring that style to Tampa Bay, having been selected in the second round (57th overall).
"My heart was racing," MacLeod said. "Tampa is a great organization. I couldn't be happier."
MacLeod, a 6-foot-1, 180 pounder from the USA Development Program in Ann Arbor, is a positionally-strong, defensive-minded defenseman that brings toughness. He will attend Boston University in the fall.
"My style of game is very physical, I love that style of game," MacLeod said. "I think that's something that helped get me where I am. I like to play a solid, shutdown style of game."
MacLeod was a captain for the US Under-18 team in Ann Arbor and likes to bring leadership. The Dracut, Mass. native thinks that he'll develop his game even more at his hometown Boston University, and show a more offensive element.
"I think it'll help a little bit," MacLeod said. "I had a role at the development team and that was to play a shutdown style of game. But I had an opportunity to go on the power play and did pretty welll. I think at BU, I'm going to get an opportunity to show people a little bit of a different side of game that they've never seen before."
MacLeod said he had a good interview at the combine with the Lightning, but wasn't expecting to get picked, much less by former NHL star Steve Yzerman.
"It's really cool, because he's such a legend in the hockey world," MacLeod said. "To have him pick me is pretty special."