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MIKE McKEE
Mike McKee
Position: Wing/Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’5” / 250 lbs.
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
Acquired: Detroit’s fourth choice (140th overall) in the 2012 draft
CSS Ranking: Not Ranked (2012)
Contract: None (must sign by Aug. 15, 2017)
RWC Says: Physical Forward/Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2011-12 USHL Top Prospects Game selection

HISTORY
2011-12
  • Joined Lincoln for USHL rookie campaign (59-2-17-19, plus-7, 63 shots).
  • Finished third in defence scoring for Lincoln.
  • Led USHL in penalty minutes with 237, including league-high 13 majors.
  • Also led league with 44 PIMs in just eight playoff games (8-0-0-0).
  • Appeared in USHL Top Prospects Game in Muskegon, Mich., in late January.
  • Committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Western Michigan.
2012-13
  • Returned to Lincoln for second USHL season (42-3-18-21, 60 SOG, plus-15).
  • Finished second in Lincoln defense scoring and was tied for 31st in USHL.
  • Suspended six times for total of 19 games, including a six-game ban in March.
  • Led USHL in penalty minutes with 292, 97 more than runner-up Seth Adams.
  • Despite high PIM total, fight total of nine tied for fifth in USHL.
  • Productive (5-0-4-4, 18 PIM, 4 SOG, even plus-minus) in first-round playoff exit.
2013-14
  • Started his freshman season at Western Michigan as a defenseman.
  • Missed 19 of 23 games from Nov. 10 to Feb. 15 as he made adjustment to forward position.
  • Recorded his only goal (and point) as a forward on Feb. 28.
  • Finished season with one goal in 21 games, 11 shots, a minus-4 and 54 PIMs.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s a guy who’s got an immediate presence on the ice. He was far and away the toughest kid in that league and probably, in this draft class, he’s got to be right up there … Big man, skates well for his size, real good straight-ahead speed, hard shot. He has some tools offensively, but at the end of the day … he’s probably going to be a stay-at-home type.” — Red Wings scout David Kolb (June 2012) … “If this (six-game suspension, his sixth of the 2012-13 season) doesn’t get the message across to him … He sat in that penalty box for three goals against Fargo the other night. We need him on the ice for 25-plus minutes, as opposed to in the penalty box for 15 minutes.” — Lincoln Stars head coach Chad Johnson (Lincoln Journal-Star, March 2013) … “Mike has worked extremely hard, and we have been doing extra sessions with him. We decided that rather than have him play games and him not totally being ready, we would give him extra skill sessions … it looks like it’s paying dividends.” — Western Michigan head coach Andy Murray (mihockeynow.com, March 2014).

STRENGTHS
Absolutely massive and — what might come as a surprise — moves surprisingly well on his skates for his size … Good straight-ahead speed … Boasts a heavy shot … Loves to be involved physically and uses his body to make a difference in the corners and in front … Happily drops the gloves to defend a teammate, as his penalty-minute and fighting-major totals indicate.

WEAKNESSES
Takes far too many undisciplined penalties to be an effective defenseman and needs to be smarter and pick his spots … Shifted from forward to defense when he was 15, so still has a great deal of learning to do at his new position … Needs to improve his defensive positioning and his reads … Doesn’t have much offensive upside, despite good skating and hard shot.

PROJECTION
The Red Wings don’t often select the biggest, meanest player available in the NHL draft, but that changed in 2012. It remains to be seen whether the rest of McKee’s game will develop enough to get him to the NHL. He struggled as a freshman at Western Michigan in 2013-14 and sat out close to half of the season as the team transitioned him from defense to forward in practice. He’ll look to establish himself as a regular up front in 2014-15 under the tutelage of ex-NHL head coach Andy Murray. The Red Wings have until 2017 to sign him and have time to be patient.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 South Central Coyotes Mn Mgt AAA Midget 25 6 8 14 74 |          
 2009-2010 Kent School USHS 26 3 8 11 22 |          
 2010-2011 Kent School USHS 27 8 15 23 50 |          
 2011-2012 Lincoln Stars USHL 59 2 17 19 237 | Playoffs 8 0 0 0 44 
 2012-2013 Lincoln Stars USHL 42 3 18 21 292 | Playoffs 5 0 4 4 18 
 2013-2014 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 21 1 0 1 54 |          
 2014-2015 Western Michigan Univ. NCAA 11 0 0 0 23 |          

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