Buffalo Sabres 3rd Round Pick (83rd Overall) D Matt MacKenzie
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06-26-2010, 02:05 PM
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Mackenzie is one of those defenders you never hear about much, but for good reason, Matt plays a very simple and sound two-way defensive game and has been very effective at it. He has a good stick in the defensive zone, knocks passes away and clears the attacking pressure well, also is good at protecting his crease. Heís calm when moving the puck, making a sound first outlet pass and he makes smart decisions in his own end and in the neutral zone. His pure speed isnít that great, although his defensive mobility is solid and his offensive upside is limited and you wonít see him on the powerplay of a pro team anytime soon. He projects to be a decent 2nd pairing guy with a little added bulk if he reaches his potential; he can kill penalties and be relied on to give solid nightly minutes. He doesnít need to be coached and refined too much as the Hitmen have done a great job with Mackenzie.
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