Curtis McKenzie
Image: NHL

Curtis McKenzie

Hometown:

Golden British Columbia

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-02-22

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

6th round (159th overall), 2009

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: Curtis McKenzie played for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.  In 49 games, McKenzie scored 3 goals and added 7 assists while racking up 81 penalty minutes.

2008-09: McKenzie, playing for Penticton, elevated his game this season.  In 53 games for the Vees, he scored 30 goals and added 34 assists to go along with 90 penalty minutes.  Played for the Canada West entry at the 2008 World Junior Challenge Cup.

McKenzie had an opportunity to play in the Western Hockey League but chose to go the college route.

2009-10: McKenzie finished with 6 goals and 21 assists in 42 games with Miami University(NCAA). It was his Freshman year with the school.

2010-11: After an impressive 27-point freshman campaign, Curtis McKenzie left a little to be desired in his sophomore season.   His scoring total was cut by more than half and the high work rate that he showed in his first year wasn’t fully there in what turned out to be a championship season for the Redhawks.  McKenzie was pushed down the lineup and rarely gave much of a reason to move him up.  He has a fair amount of potential as he’s just 20 years old – but he’ll need to capitalize on the ice time made available to him next year due to graduations.

2011-12: McKenzie saw steady ice-time in a second and third line role for Miami University as a junior. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was plus-10 with 60 penalty minutes in 40 games. Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after defeating Bowling Green in the CCHA third place game.

2012-13: McKenzie made his pro hockey debut with Dallas affiliate Texas in April following his senior season at Miami. He played five games and had an assist in the final game of the season against Rockford, his only point, finishing -3 with 14 penalty minutes. The Texas Stars finished first in the South Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. McKenzie played two playoff games with no points nor penalty minutes. McKenzie was the third-leading scorer for CCHA regular season champion Miami as a senior, scoring 11 goals with 13 assists, and was +2 with a team-leading 80 penalty minutes. The RedHawks lost to Michigan in the CCHA finals and defeated Minnesota State in the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to St. Cloud State in the regional final.

2013-14: McKenzie was the second-leading scorer for Dallas AHL affiliate Texas in his first pro season: receiving the Dudley “Red” Garrett award as the AHL’s top rookie. Trailing only veteran Travis Morin, he scored 27 goals with 38 assists in 75 regular season games and was +7 with 92 penalty minutes. Ten of his 27 goals were scored on the power play. The Stars finished first in the West Division, taking an epic seven-game series with Toronto in the Western Conference finals before defeating St. John’s in five games in the Calder Cup finals. McKenzie scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was +2 with 21 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. 

2014-15: McKenzie made his NHL debut with Dallas in an October 18th game against Philadelphia and appeared in 36 games with Dallas, shuffling between the Stars and AHL affiliate Texas in his second pro season. He scored his first career goal on November 16th against the Blackhawks and finished the year with 4 goals and 1 assist, accumulating 48 penalty minutes with a -8 plus/minus and averaging 11:32 minutes of ice time. McKenzie scored 6 goals with 15 assists and had an even plus/minus with 46 penalty minutes in 31 AHL games for Texas. McKenzie was re-signed by Dallas to a two-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

McKenzie is not a terrific skater, but can make up for it with his strength.  When he’s working hard, he can be a threat at both ends of the ice but his offensive ceiling is somewhat limited.  He can kill penalties, be a physical force, win puck battles, do fine board work but there isn’t a lot in the organic offense department.  If he continues to add strength, becomes a more consistent worker and focuses on becoming a defensive specialist, he could carve out a useful NHL career.

Future

McKenzie suffered a lower-body injury in his first game with the Stars on October 14th, spending the first month of the 2015-16 on injured reserve. He was reassigned to AHL affiliate in November when he returned before being recalled by the Stars in February. McKenzie has been a consistent scorer for the Texas Stars while continuing to accumulate penalty minutes but has seen limited minutes with Dallas. Long-range, he projects as a third line checking winger, like a slightly less talented version of Daniel Winnik.

Dallas Stars prospect awards suggest a reloaded team for next season

by Mike Farkas
on
Curtis McKenzie - Dallas Stars

Photo: Former Miami University standout Curtis McKenzie brought great effort to both his AHL and NHL campaigns this season (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Though the Dallas Stars fell short of a playoff berth in 2015, many prospects put themselves a step closer to being able to help the cause at the NHL level. Some Stars prospects actually received a fair bit of playing time in the show and that is reflected in this year’s awards. The most resounding example being young defenseman John Klingberg, who has been just what the doctor ordered on a Dallas Stars attack needing a big time puck mover.

Read more»

Dallas Stars Top 20 features a new number one prospect

by Mike Farkas
on

NHL: MAR 15 Blues at Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie is developing into a scoring threat at the NHL level. (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Emergence and trades combined with accelerated arcs and stalling players have mixed up the Dallas Top 20 prospect list quite a bit. With two slick, offensive-minded defensemen leading the way followed by some monsters in the middle portion of the list, the Stars continue to boast an eclectic mix of youngsters. While there are some projects hovering in the ranks, there is a lot of experience as well, as seven of these 20 have participated in an NHL contest.

Read more»

Dallas Stars have promising rookie contributors

by Mike Farkas
on

Photo: Dallas Stars rookie John Klingberg has been an unexpected source of scoring this season. (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Dallas Stars rookie John Klingberg has been an unexpected source of scoring this season. (courtesy of Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

The Dallas Stars have begun to really tap in to their prospect pipeline. Particularly, John Klingberg has quickly become a major contributor to the club after blowing through the AHL in short order. No Dallas skater plays more at even strength than Klingberg this year. Young wingers and defensemen abound both in the NHL and at the World Junior Championships. Read more»

Dallas Stars’ AHL group bears the weight of expectations

by Mike Farkas
on

Photo: Jack Campbell has not yet lived up to his billing as a top goaltending prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Jack Campbell has not yet lived up to his billing as a top goaltending prospect (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

It has been a trying year for many in the Stars’ minor league affiliates. In the AHL the high amount of roster turnover and personnel changes has left Texas a lesser group than the Calder Cup champions of a year ago. Derek Laxdal is struggling  to get ideal hockey out of this group and the frustration has been evident at times. Many prospects have not taken major steps forward in the first half of the season, but as adaptation occurs, the potential still exists for this talented group to emerge.

Read more»

Dallas Stars’ junior prospects offer a range of abilities

by Mike Farkas
on

Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie participated in Team Canada’s WJC Selection Camp (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Scorers and score stoppers make up the majority of the Dallas Stars’ junior prospect contingent. With goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Brent Moran in prominent roles out east and noteworthy scorers like Cole Ully and Brett Pollock in the west, the Stars are represented well across Canadian Major Juniors. Many of their prospects have moved on from junior programs at this point and, as a result, they have fewer players developing in the CHL.

Read more»

Related Articles