Hockey News 2002 Draft Issue: “It’s hard to believe he’s only 18,” said one GM. “There are no really, really strong points but the best thing is there’s no weak points. He’s pretty good with the puck.”
Hockey News 2002 Draft Issue: “He skates well for his size and moves the puck well and is overall a pretty good package,” said a scout. “He’s not as good a skater as Bouwmeester, but he moves well and can shoot the puck.”
McKeen’s 03-04 Yearbook: Sparkled with an MVP calibre performance that secured a bronze medal and ‘top defenseman’ honors at the WJC’s. A commanding presence with exceptional strength, mobility and poise, he excels at all facets of the game and has shown he can dominate physically and with skill.
McKeen’s 05-06 Yearbook: Earned NHL All-Rookie honors and placed second among freshman defensemen in scoring in 03-04 despite a March concussion which tempered his finish. Exhibits a much higher intensity level now, but must work on his decision making, tempo and penchant for bad turnovers.
McKeen’s 06-07 Yearbook: Looked like a seasoned star the first two months of the season (25gp, 8-15-23, +18) before undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia, missing 22 games and then labouring thereafter to regain top form.
Pitkanen, along with Smid, Greene and several others, represents the future on the blueline for the Edmonton Oilers. Size, strength, grit and skill.
Plus, he’s a Finn. 🙂