PLAYER PROFILE

Hunter McKenzie

C

6’0

190lbs

Grey-Bruce Highlanders

U15

AAA

#92

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Comparable to the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, left shooting centreman, Hunter McKenzie, is nothing short of amazing. League wise, he is probably the best player in the ETA, constantly leading the scoring race in the league. McKenzie is a natural driving first line centre, who will push his team to be their best during practice and during a game. He is a natural leader, and takes it very seriously but also sees it as a great honour to wear the C for his club. He commands a lot of respect from his teammates and is always talking to them whenever he needs to. Already at 6’0 tall and 190 pounds, McKenzie is already at OHL size, however odds are he will continue to grow, which could be a big thing for him moving forward. McKenzie excels at practically anything, he has a very strong, yet skilled game, and can see the game unfold and anticipate plays very well. He has great speed, which he uses efficiently to burn the opposing defenders up the wing, where he can then unleash a powerful, OHL grade, shot. McKenzie also has amazing puck protection. Due to being a natural goal scorer, McKenzie is not always prone to utilizing his teammates, so right now, that is one of his biggest focuses. On top of this, he would also benefit from continuing to work on his play at high speeds, as well as playing more positional. Because he’s so big, many players simply bounce off of him, however in the OHL, he will have to clean this up or he will be a prime target night after night. McKenzie has the skills to be an amazing OHL player, where he could develop into a great offensive centreman. He is a coach's dream, and the biggest reason why scouts are going to Grey-Bruce, which will help the other top players get their exposure as well. McKenzie, if he keeps everything on track, seems like a consensus top 10 pick in the 2022 OHL draft, but can easily push to be a top 5 pick.

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