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Comets sign Brett McKenzie to ATO

The Utica Comets have signed Vancouver Canucks 2016 7th round drat pick Brett McKenzie to an Amateur Tryout for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season.

In his final season with the North Bay Battalion in the OHL, 20-year old McKenzie scored 29 goals and 38 assists in 67 games played. His team missed the OHL playoffs giving him an opportunity to show what he is made of.

McKenzie was a re-entry into last year’s draft and OHLprospects.com listed him as the top available re-draft eligible player.

I must admit, I felt he should have definitely been drafted last year, when he was a key cog to North Bay’s deep playoff run (as the team’s 3rd line center). But ultimately, I suppose, NHL teams felt that his skating needed to be upgraded and that he didn’t show enough offensive upside to warrant a selection. This year, he made improvements to nearly every area. His skating is definitely better, more explosive. His shot has added velocity and become a major asset. – OHLprospects.com, April 2016

McKenzie was named the Batallion’s Most Outstanding Player this season.

Canucks Army writer Jeremy Davis stated last fall that “McKenzie’s current increase in rate of production from draft-plus-one to draft-plus-two seasons is unprecedented, especially for a seventh round pick.”

While McKenzie is still raw as a player, his ATO will give the Canucks a good look into what they have with the young man.

    • Fred-65

      Let’s just hope Green gives him the opportunity, he’s not famous for that. Remember he turned down Hutton in the same position 2 years ago, in fact told him to go home and basically don’t waste my time 🙂

      • SJ

        Green’s in a bit of a different position this year. Utica has struggled all year just to ice 12 legitimate AHL forwards due to injuries, call-ups, and lackluster years from several players. Considering the kind of production & performance he’s getting out of the bottom 6 on that team, I should hope McKenzie at least gets a shot.

        • Vanoxy

          Green is the top prospect to replace Willie D here next year, and is probably aware of the criticism Willie has received for failing to give quality ice time to prospects.

          I’m sure he’ll make a point of showcasing Canuck property instead of playing career AHL guys.

          • crofton

            Green is the top prospect to replace Willie? You have some inside track that tells us 1 Willie will definitely be fired? and 2 that Green is the TOP PROSPECT? OHHHHHHH. YOU meant in your opinion? The same one that has no basis in fact, but is stated as an absolute?

  • Killer Marmot

    “McKenzie’s current increase in rate of production from draft-plus-one to draft-plus-two seasons is unprecedented, especially for a seventh round pick.”

    As useful as statistics can be, they should serve as guides, not blinkers. There will always be players that defy the odds.