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09-08-2012, 01:18 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
Weight: 180 lbs
How Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent, 2007
Analysis: Through mostly effort and hard work, Derek has forged a somewhat respectable professional career as a two-way center. After being selected 128th overall by Atlanta in the 1999 NHL draft, MacKenzie would go on to a lengthy career in the American Hockey League. Never getting much opportunity for ice in Atlanta, MacKenzie sought a fresh start with the Blue Jackets, a move that has paid off moderately. Seemingly locked in as the team's fourth line center for the coming season, MacKenzie should be leaned upon to be one of the team's penalty killing forwards, and should also be a key defensive zone player in 5 on 5 play.
Pros: Reliable defensively, works tirelessly, can be a leader by example
Cons: Not much skill, small for a role player.
Realistic Expectation: I like MacKenzie and what he brings, but he is what he is - a journeyman fourth line center. We should be expecting nothing more, but there are times when he shows flashes of a higher end player. Definitely the kind of guy you want around in a rebuild (which, no matter what anyone says, is what's going on here); he will keep things competitive on effort alone, and makes guys who take shifts off look bad. I'm looking at you, Jeff Carter
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