John Leonard

San Jose Sharks
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Fantasy Summary

Skilled, playmaking winger. Middle-six upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 7, 1998
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 182

Observations

Oct 2019 – Leonard is entering his 3rd season in the NCAA with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). He is the first player since Sharks defenceman Justin Braun to be selected out of UMass after only their freshman season. He is undeniably offensively gifted, but head coach Greg Carvel of the UMass Minutemen says he has been more impressed with Leonard’s commitment to developing his play off the puck. Keep an eye on the young American, as he has the potential break into the professional system with a splash. Alex Howes

April 2019 – Leonard finished this NCAA season third in points among Hockey East Conference players. The forward managed a point-per-game pace with 36 points in 36 games. While his offensive numbers were an improvement over his freshman season, his coach was more impressed with Leonard’s improved defensive play. Leonard’s development so far is exceeding expectations for a sixth round pick, however he’ll have at least one more year to marinate in the NCAA. Chris Legg  

June 2018 – The Sharks drafted John Leonard, a skilled forward from the NCAA’s UMass, with the 182nd pick in the 2018 NHL entry draft. Leonard represents a bit of a swing for the fences which isn’t a bad bet at this stage in the draft. He put up really nice numbers in his freshman season with UMass, but he’s likely a long wait with plenty of development time in the NCAA ahead of him. Chris Legg


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Pope Francis High USHS-Prep 22 15 9 24 - |          
 2013-2014 Pope Francis High USHS-Prep 25 29 23 52 - |          
  Springfield Rifles 16U MHSL U16 12 15 8 23 4 |          
  Springfield Jr. Pics 16U USPHL 16U 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team Orange USA-S16 5 5 3 8 - |          
  Pope Francis High USHS-Prep 25 47 28 75 - |          
  Springfield Rifles 16U MHSL U16 14 21 11 32 6 |          
 2015-2016 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 48 5 4 9 10 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Team Grey USA-S17 5 6 1 7 2 |          
  USA U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 1 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 58 19 15 34 20 |          
 2017-2018 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 33 13 15 28 10 |          
 2018-2019 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 40 16 24 40 24 |          
 2019-2020 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 15 9 3 12 4 |          

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