Ever since being traded to London, McKegg has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 11 games.
I was worried about his development this year because he was only a point per game player before the trade. Erie is by far the worst team in the OHL and I doubt he had much motivation to go out every game and do his best.
Good to see he is still one of the better Leafs prospects, I think he's overlooked by our fan base as a potential top six NHLer.
When he was on a bad team, he wasnt putting up good numbers. The explanation, he's fine, it was the team.
When he's on a good team, he puts up numbers, therefore he's amazing.
Its good he's doing well, but he's just another crap shoot prospect. Putting up two points a game for a short period of time in Junior, doesnt mean that much.
Players like Tavarez, Nash and Staal are very good NHL players, but don't you think they could be elite on top teams playing with better linemates? This has been McKegg's situation in the OHL. Theoretically he started off the year with the Jackets and got traded to the Flyers. Wouldn't you say Rick Nash would be a PPG+ player if he had Giroux as a linemate?
I don't think McKegg is an elite prospect, but at least he's now providing us an example of what he can do in the right situation.
Yes, let's not get carried away. I'd add, he was anything but "head turning" in training camp. Cautiously optimistic he turns into something.
Training camp and NHL exhibition games have changed. Less of a camp format and more ex games, so teams use it more to get ready for season as opposed to showcasing youngsters. In the rookie tournament, McKegg was quiet the first game, but one of the best players on the ice second game.
Definitely not an elite prospect at this point, but he has high level hands and hockey sense. If he improves skating and two-way game, he's got potential to be a top six forward. Its a big "if", but these are things that can be worked on and improved. Cant really ask for much more from a 3rd round pick.