By Craig Stancher
Cody McLeod, who played in the ECHL as a rookie in 2005-06, is doing more and more to establish himself as a vital cog in the Colorado Avalanche’s lineup. Ever since his call-up from the Lake Erie Monsters on Dec. 16 of last season, McLeod has appeared in each of the Avalanche’s 85 regular season contests and has found myriad ways to contribute on the ice.
A season ago, the gritty winger posted nine points (4g/5a) in 49 games and became the first Avalanche rookie to surpass 100 penalty minutes in a single season (he wrapped up the year with 120).
It’s been more of the same from the Binscarth, Manitoba, native this season, as evidenced Monday night in Colorado’s 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators. McLeod notched his second career multi-goal game and also displayed his hard-nosed approach to the game.
McLeod had nine points (4g-5a) and 48 penalty minutes in 16 games with San Diego in 2005-06 before being called up to the AHL where he had nine points (4g-5a) and 87 penalty minutes in 33 games for Lowell. He returned to San Diego for the Kelly Cup Playoffs and had three points (2g-1a) and 14 penalty minutes in two games.