Draft Update: Matt MacKenzie

This is Matt MacKenzie (in team Orr jersey for the prospects game). Redline Report filed this report from that game:

  • Matt McKenzie/RD- Calgary- Good sized blueliner showcased his physicality here. Never turned down a chance to make a hit and didn’t get out of position defensively looking for it. Busted his ass to get back and break up a short-handed scoring chance. A willing scrapper but had a couple questions about his lateral.

MacKenzie is playing this week at the Memorial Cup for the Calgary Hitmen. I think he might be a player Edmonton will look at after the first couple of rounds (I believe they’ll take Hall first overall and then trade up to get McIlrath later in the first round). They’ve taken a Hitmen defender in the past (Alex Plante) and this young man has improved this season. I think he’s a player of interest for the Oilers.

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