Mackenzie Blackwood

New Jersey Devils
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Fantasy Summary

Blackwood has all the tools to be a starting goalie at the next level.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CAN
Position G
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 9, 1996
Height 6‘4”
Weight 225 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 42

Observations

November 2019 – It has been a tough start to the season for Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils. Three wins on the season are rough but the goalie does have each win and a shutout for the Devils as well. The defensive system is a mess in New Jersey and changing styles and lines have not helped Blackwood. The goaltender does have to improve but it will take time and maybe coaching changes to see Blackwood’s numbers return closer to last year’s levels. Chris Wassel

April 2019 – Blackwood finished the season winning four of his final six starts. Overall, he had a 2.61 goals-above average and .918 save percentage. He will battle for the starting goaltender spot come training camp with Cory Schneider. Chris Wassel 

March 2019 – What a difference a year makes! Blackwood diligently worked on a few aspects of his game that were lacking — lateral movement, scramble ability, and his glove side. The results have been amazing. He went from ECHL goalie to challenge for a starter’s position in 12 months. Even with a nine-goals allowed performance in Calgary, the young goalie is right around .500 with a 2.63 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He has 11 quality starts in 16 games started. The best is truly yet to come for a player who is still progressing. Chris Wassel

March 2018 – Blackwood like most of those on the Binghamton Devils has struggled this season. Due to a string of bad starts he has been serving as a backup to teammate Ken Appleby.  A quick stint in the ECHL furthers the fact that Blackwood’s path to the NHL may be longer than expected. With the emergence of Keith Kinkaid’s excellent performance with New Jersey, Binghamton should expect to have Blackwood around for at least a couple more years. At only 21, he will have tons of time to find his game first at the AHL level.  Grant Frey

May 2017 – Blackwood gained traction as a pro starting 20 of Albany’s final 26 contests and posting a 1.90 GAA and .925 SV% from the beginning of March until regular season-end. Impressively, much of this late-year run coincided with abundant New Jersey top prospect recalls depleting their AHL roster. His strong finish was punctuated by a shutout in his postseason debut and a triple-overtime, 106:43 marathon, 58-save, 2-1 loss to the Marlies closing their first-round series. With Keith Kinkaid an unrestricted free agent and Schneider coming off a tough year, Blackwood may get an NHL look in 2017-18. Kevin Wickersham

January 2017 – Compared with his stellar, three-year OHL career, Blackwood has struggled in his first AHL campaign. Even after Scott Wedgewood’s season-ending injury, Blackwood has spent a good deal of time sitting while the ECHL-promoted Ken Appleby has impressively minded the Albany net. Sporting a 7-7-1 record, Blackwood’s .890 SV% and 3.22 GAA rank among the bottom of qualifying AHL goalies (43rdand 45th respectively). This is clearly a learning year for the young, extremely talented goalie, and likely his stats will more approach his potential as he grows more accustomed to the AHL’s level of play. Kevin Wickersham

October 2016 – The reigning OHL goalie of the year will start his first pro season in Albany. Blackwood has not seen any action in the first couple of games, as he’s serving as the backup to Scott Wedgewood, but there’s no doubt he will get his fair share of playing time to develop. He’s only 19 years old but his late birthday gave him eligibility to turn pro and with nothing left to prove in junior he’s starting in the AHL. The Devils already have Cory Schneider, so don’t look for the Devils to rush Blackwood’s development anytime soon. Trevor Behrends

December 2015 – Blackwood has had a stellar year in the OHL. In 24 games played he has recorded a 2.36 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage on top of 16 wins. His spectacular season has earned him to be the starting goaltender for Team Canada in the world juniors.  After a vicious slash in a game against the Sudbury Wolves, Blackwood received an eight-game suspension. The suspension will force him to miss two games, one against America, the other against Denmark. Once his suspension is over expect Blackwood to take over the number one job. Justin Nobre

June 2015 – In the NHL the Devils are solid in goal, but their depth is questionable with Scott Wedgewood not where management expected. Blackwood is another Ontario kid that they can watch and help get the system kickstarted. Jason Banks

June 2015 – At the 2015 NHL Combine, Blackwood turned in a standout performance re-establishing himself as the potential top goaltender selection. The Colts netminder starred as a top-four finisher in the grueling Wingate stationary bike test measuring peak power output and also tested well in the vertical jump (3rd) and right-hand grip (T-3rd). Look for Blackwood to compete for the top spot at his position with Russian goaltender Ilya Samsonov, Daniel Vladar and Sweden’s Felix Sandstrom. Brendan Ross

June 2015 – Blackwood’s best trait is his size, standing at 6-foot-4 Blackwood fills out a lot of the net, especially when he is down in the butterfly. He is a very calm and cerebral goalie. Blackwood has been a starter for the past two seasons playing 115 games over that time in the regular season and playoffs; he was also named to the Subway super series this year and played extremely well in the game. He positions himself well to limit what shooters have to work with and can get across the crease quickly and rarely pushes to far across the crease. Benjamin Gallant


Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2011-2012 Thunder Bay Kings Mn Midget AAA TBJBHL 38 4.11 - |        
 2012-2013 Elmira Sugar Kings GOJHL 24 3.39 .911 |        
 2013-2014 Barrie Colts OHL 45 2.98 .902 | Playoffs 10 2.61 .904
 2014-2015 Barrie Colts OHL 51 3.09 .906 | Playoffs 9 2.88 .922
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 1.00 .969 |        
 2015-2016 Barrie Colts OHL 43 2.72 .921 | Playoffs 13 2.71 .915
  Canada U20 WJC-20 3 3.95 .859 |        
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0.00 1.000 |        
 2016-2017 Albany Devils AHL 36 2.55 .907 | Playoffs 4 2.13 .928
 2017-2018 New Jersey Devils NHL 0 - - |        
  Binghamton Devils AHL 32 3.41 .882 |        
  Adirondack Thunder ECHL 5 2.48 .920 | Playoffs 5 1.00 .964
 2018-2019 New Jersey Devils NHL 23 2.61 .918 |        
  Binghamton Devils AHL 20 2.95 .902 |        
  Canada WC 1 0.00 1.000 |        
 2019-2020 New Jersey Devils NHL 11 2.92 .896 |        

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