The Canadian Ryan McLeod is to develop further at EVZ. However, his commitment does not burden the EVZ budget.
Despite the hiring freeze due to the corona crisis, EVZ head of sports Reto Kläy can present a financially and athletically interesting solution for the still open position of the fourth foreigner: The soon to be 21-year-old Canadian center Ryan McLeod will be loaned to EVZ until further notice by the NHL organization of the Edmonton Oilers, where he has signed an entry level contract running until 2022.
"The Edmonton Oilers and the EVZ agree that playing in the highest Swiss league is very beneficial for the development of a young player - especially since at the moment nobody knows when the next AHL/NHL season will start," Reto Kläy explains the background to this surprising transfer. A win-win situation for both parties, because EVZ only has to pay for board and lodging for the fourth foreigner. Last season McLeod played for the Edmonton farm team Bakersfield Condors in the AHL and scored 23 scorer points in 56 games. The Edmonton Oilers can in principle recall the player at any time, but according to Reto Kläy there is a good chance that the player can stay in Zug the whole season. The EVZ new acquisition is expected to arrive next week in Central Switzerland.
Ryan McLeod was drawn by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2018 NHL draft as No. 40 in the second round. With a height of 191 cm and a body weight of 91 kg, the tall center also offers the best physical conditions. "McLeod's style fits our team perfectly and as a young, developable player he fits our training philosophy perfectly. We have made an exciting and innovative choice," Reto Kläy is convinced.