Oilers re-sign McLeod to 1-year deal
McLeod totaled nine goals and 21 points in 71 games during his rookie season in 2021-22, adding three goals and four points in the postseason. His average ice time increased from 12:46 in the regular season to 14:33 in the playoffs.
The 23-year-old was a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level contract. His deal is worth less than the $813,750 qualifying offer he received.
McLeod's contract helps Edmonton with its long-term injured reserve entering the season. The Oilers can now get within $165 of the salary cap ceiling prior to placing Oscar Klefbom and Mike Smith on LTIR in order to maximize their relief pool, according to PuckPedia.
Edmonton begins its preseason schedule Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets.