NHL prospect Ryan Leonard's selflessness on the ice has been key to his game

"I'm a power forward and will do whatever it takes for the team to win," the USNTDP centerman said on the strengths to his game.

Ryan Leonard is a top prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for the NTDP.
Kirsten Krull / The Rink Live

AMHERST, Mass. — Ryan Leonard grew up in Amherst where hockey was a huge factor in his life. The 17 -year-old center currently plays for the United States National Team Development Program, and is a top prospect in his draft year. There are certain parts of Leonard’s game that have gotten him to where he is today.

“I’m a power forward and will do whatever it takes for the team to win,” said Leonard. “Whether it’s playing a skilled game or playing a third-, fourth-line role I’ll do whatever it takes. I feel like my speed and vision could always be better, but I like my shot where it is and I like my physicality but some things could always be tweaked a little bit.”


Age: 17
Hometown: Amherst, Mass.
Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 181 pounds
Current team: NTDP
College: Boston College
NHL Rights: Top prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft

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Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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