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06-30-2013, 07:11 PM
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McKeen's #40:

Worked through a pair of first-half injury setbacks (concussion,
sternum) to emerge in January and February (23-10-12-22, plus-17) .. tentative in the opening months as he struggled to recognize his time and space, but grew more comfortable with the league after the Christmas break .. passed on a commitment to Michigan State University to join the Rangers last summer, fresh off winning the national under-16 championship with the Long Island Royals, a team coached by former NHL star Pat LaFontaine .. emerged among the few bright spots at last summer’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial in a disappointing seventh-place finish for Team USA .. the Williamsville, New York native is the son of former National Football League linebacker Carlton Bailey .. SCOUTING REPORT .. tall, athletic forward .. still must fill in and strengthen a wide, lanky frame .. an incongruent skater at this stage who can appear efficient and powerful at times - but also sloppy and wasteful .. can upgrade a sluggish first few steps by cleaning up his mechanics which have excessive movements which impairs quickness .. does attain a fast top speed once in motion however, and can blow by
defenders outside exploiting his gears of acceleration .. gets let down by his puck control however, and must continue to refine choppy puckhandling skills .. best weapons are a stinging wristshot and snapshot that literally explode off the blade of his stick .. shows impressive accuracy on his snapshot - which features a dynamic release that handcuffs goalies .. brings sporadic physical involvement .. stops moving his feet at times - and can be timid about entering high-traffic areas .. did a better job of driving to the net in the second half .. just scratching the surface of his mostlyuntapped raw potential .. saw relegated duties late in the season and in the playoffs - scoring just one goal in his final 21 games
including playoffs (21-1-5-6).

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