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Saturday, August 21, 2010

2011 Sleeper alert: MIKE McKEE

All of the big names generated the buzz at the NHL's Research and Development Camp this week (we're talking some Ryan 'full bluntal Nugity' Nugent-Hopkins here), but one kid who came in as a virtual unknown is now reportedly drawing interest from the NHL scouting community.

Defenseman Mike McKee, a native of Newmarket, Ontario who plays for former Bruin Matt Herr at the Kent School. Scouts are not sure why McKee, who could play for the Ottawa 67's or even the USHL's Lincoln Stars (they own his rights) is playing in a hockey backwater in the New England prep ranks instead of the OHL, but after the performance he had in Toronto last Wednesday, things might change.

McKee at 17 is already 6-4 and 230 pounds and apparently skates extremely well for such a big boy. He's an August 1993 birthdate, which means he's on the young end of the spectrum. He had three goals and 11 points last season for the Lions, and watch for him to breakout in a big way (pun intended) this season if he returns.

He and USHL defender Scott Mayfield looked quite good as a defensive pairing on the ice this week, and it will be interesting to see how his hockey skills and intellect grade out, as clearly, the fact that he's such a physical specimen already but one who can actually skate, makes him one kid that NHL teams are zeroing in on this season no matter where he ends up playing.

2 comments:

  1. Kirk

    I'm hoping you do an interview with this kid in the near future. Seem's like a very good sleeper pick that could do well in a different situation.

    Curious to know why he chose the route he did.

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  2. McKee was a no-show at the Lincoln Stars tryout camp this past June. We were really hoping to see him there. There is very little information about him online, so I was happy to see this article. The Stars have released their projected preseason roster, and McKee isn't on it, so I assume he's decided to either stay at Kent School or make the move to the OHL.

    http://www.lincolnstarsblog.com/

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