Brett McKenzie, C/LW
|Hometown: Vars, ON, CAN
|Drafted: 2016 by Vancouver Canucks, 194th overall
March 2018 – McKenzie has had a tremendous start to the 2018 OHL playoffs. The overage forward leads the Owen Sound Attack with seven points (4+3) during the four-game sweep of the London Knights while bringing physicality, leadership and versatility to the squad. The Canucks own his rights until June 1st at which point, if they don’t sign him he will re-enter the NHL draft. With a large incoming crop of forwards heading to Utica next fall and his inability to crack the American league roster as a 20-year-old, it appears unlikely he’ll earn a contract. Cam Robinson
February 2018 – The 20-year-old forward has had a fairly pedestrian fifth season in the OHL. After a mid-season trade saw him move from North Bay to Owen Sound, he’s been given opportunities on the top line alongside Nick Suzuki and fellow Canucks’ prospect, Jonah Gadjovich. McKenzie has displayed his heavy game but has produced just seven goals and 14 points in 21 contests with the Attack. At this point, it is unlikely the former 2016 7th round pick earns a contract from the Canucks as Utica will be seeing an influx of forwards coming next season. If he does manage to sign on the dotted line, expect him to begin his pro career in the ECHL. Cam Robinson
June 2017 – The hard-nosed centre finished up his fourth junior season with the Battalion by posting 29 goals and 67 points in 67 games. He was tasked with all the tough matchups and managed to continue to improve on his offensive production. Not the quickest player, McKenzie blends a smart and heavy game to make up for it. He signed an ATO with the Utica Comets following his junior campaign but did not suit up in any contests. He will need to sign a contract with Vancouver or Utica before the season begins or could perhaps return as an overage player in the OHL. Cam Robinson
December 2016 – McKenzie has continued to provide strong returns for his OHL squad in this his draft+two season. The 19-year-old pivot is exceptionally strong defensively and has chipped in 15 goals and 35 points through 30 contests. He blends a smart efficient game with decent skating. McKenzie has taken his time discovering the offensive acumen that made him a former high selection in the OHL draft, and projects as a safe bet to one day line up in the bottom six of an NHL team. Cam Robinson
Fantasy Outlook: D
A long shot to make the NHL as an energy player.
Brett McKenzie Highlights
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