Scouting Report by Ian Dudgeon (@Dudgee)
A heady skater who plays with a non-stop drive and determination. Work ethic is evident and really grabs your attention as a stand out player in that regard. Capable of firing up his team on one shift, will determinedly go to the corners on the forecheck, knocking defenders much larger than he off balance to retrieve pucks. Understands and sees the developing play and has enough anticipation to turn that high level of effort into effective plays in both zones. Skating overall is not overwhelming but he can surprise defenders and often will blow past them to the outside with a deceptive burst of quickness. His first few steps from a stand still are still not there, but it appears to be gradually improving since his draft year. Can overskate the puck at times. Protects the puck well in corners and on the rush, can angle his body and hold the puck with just the top hand on the stick, with the other hand out to block defenders. Possesses a good quick shot with dangerous accuracy. Playmaking is relatively sound as is his on-ice vision, however he needs time to adjust to the speed at which decisions are made at the pro level. Appears to understand his defensive responsibilities and is improving in his execution. Seems most effective as a winger based on aggressive instincts to forecheck and bang the boards.
Projection: 3rd line energy player who can chip in a moderate level of offense, scoring ugly goals. Likely sticks as a winger. Offensive upside likely depends on whether McKegg can take advantage of opportunities to play with more highly skilled top six forwards.
- Chosen second overall by the Erie Otters at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
- Member of Team Ontario Gold medal win at the 2009 World Under 17 Challenge in January 2009.