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Vancouver Selects Brett Mckenzie at #194

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Vancouver wraps up their 2016 draft activity by taking the C/LW from the OHL's North Bay Battalion.

Brett McKenzie

Born: 1997-03-12

Birthplace: Vars, ON, CAN

Age: 19

Nationality: Canada

Position: C / LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 190 lbs

Overview

McKenzie was at the Flyer's development camp last summer and some expected him to be drafted a year ago. He was projected at the start of last season to go as high as the fourth round at the draft, but some consistency issues knocked him down the ranks. Still though he projects as a low risk bottom six center.

McKenzie can be described as a smart defensive forward who skates well and is excellent on the draw. He is not overly physical, but is overall awareness in all 3 zones is coveted. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2015)

McKenzie is a high-potential forward with a strong all-around package but he’s a prospect that’s still discovering his game and abilities so there is certainly room for movement in his 10th ranking. Sparked by strong skating and prominent puck skills, McKenzie shows flashes of becoming a strong possession player but it’s his consistency that needs some rounding into form to make him a true threat. With some offensive minutes opening up in North Bay, McKenzie will have the opportunity to mold a role for himself and is definitely a player worth watching. - McKeens Hockey
Another personal favourite of mine for this year's draft. Anyone who is familiar with the OHL knows that Stan Butler eases in young forwards, making sure that they're responsible two way players before unleashing them offensively (see Nick Paul, Mike Amadio, Barclay Goodrow, etc in recent years). McKenzie is no different. A former 1st rounder of the Battalion, McKenzie has done exactly what Butler has asked of him thus far, but has more offensive potential than he has shown to the naked eye. As a midget player, he was known as one of the most skilled offensive players in the GTA, showcasing terrific skill with the puck and a tremendous release. As an OHL player, he's developed into a great two-way player who uses his speed to chase down loose pucks and go hard to the net. He has excelled playing down low, working the cycle and does a great job of opening up ice for his line mates. He's also become increasingly involved physically. Best of all, he was terrific in the playoffs this year, where I thought he was one of the Battalion's most consistent performers. Next year, I expect him to breakout big time when the leash comes off (so to speak) and he's able to utilize his creativity with the puck more. - OHL Prospects

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Brett McKenzie's sophomore season scouting status