Greg McKegg
Image: NHL

Greg McKegg

Hometown:

St. Thomas Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-06-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (62nd overall), 2010

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Greg McKegg was chosen second overall by the Erie Otters at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.

2008-09: In his OHL rookie year for the Erie Otters, McKegg scored 8 goals and added 10 assists for 18 points in 64 games.  Appeared in 5 playoff games for the Otters, picking up 2 goals and 1 assist.  Played for Team Canada at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he earned a gold medal.

2009-10: McKegg had a breakout season for the Otters. Appearing in 67 games for that club, he scored 37 goals and assisted on 48 others for 85 points.  Went from a -13 rating in 2008-09 to a +18 rating in 2009-10.  Suffered knee strain in preseason and spent the rest of the year working to get his speed back. Played on top line with Zack Torquato and Mike Cazzola.  Played in four playoff games for the Otters, picking up 2 goals and 1 assist.  McKegg was selected 62nd overall by the Maple Leafs in 2010. He was ranked 73rd by ISS and 66th by Central Scouting for North American skaters.

2010-11: McKegg made his pro debut, appearing in two games with the AHL Marlies, after leading the Erie Otters in points in his third OHL season. McKegg's 49 goals tied Sarnia's Nail Yakupov for third most in the OHL. In 66 games with the Otters he was +35 and along with his goal scoring had 43 assists and 35 PMs Erie faced defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor in the first round of the playoffs and McKegg scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 12 PMs as Erie took the Spitfires to seven games.

2011-12: McKegg returned to Erie for his fourth OHL season after attending camp with the Maple Leafs. He was obtained by London in an OHL trade deadline deal in January and skated in 30 regular season games and both the OHL and Memorial Cup playoffs for the Knights. In 35 games for last-place Erie prior to the trade, he scored 12 goals with 22 assists and was minus-39 with 32 penalty minutes. He scored 19 goals with 22 assists and was plus-five for London during the regular season. McKegg was plus-five with 4 goals and 7 assists in 15 playoff games as Midwest Division champion London captured the OHL title. The Knights reached the Memorial Cup championship game, falling to host Shawinigan, 2-1 in overtime, and McKegg had 1 goal with 4 penalty minutes in five games.

2012-13: McKegg skated for the AHL's Toronto Marlies as a 20-year-old in his first pro season. Seeing limited ice time early in the year and a healthy scratch at times with the surplus of forwards due to the NHL lockout, he appeared in 61 games and scored 8 goals with 15 assists; finishing +4 with 22 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. McKegg played in all nine playoff games. Two of his three goals were scored on the power play and he was -2 with 3 assists and 10 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Capable of lining up at center and wing, McKegg is an offensive catalyst with a good mind for the game. He’s a natural goal scorer who can find numerous ways to bury the biscuit. Not overly physical, but also doesn’t shy away from contact. He has deceptive hands and the ability to slip through tight areas. Game-to-game consistency and strength are areas of weakness in McKegg’s game currently.

 

Future

McKegg will return to a top-six role with the Toronto Marlies in 2013-14


 

Toronto Maple Leafs prospects gain playoff experience in time of transition

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Josh Leivo - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward Josh Leivo was one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects to join that club’s minor-league affiliate at the completion of the junior hockey season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Years of building the Toronto Maple Leafs from the ground up started to pay off for the club in the 2012-13 season. The Maple Leafs returned to the playoffs after a nine-year absence to play the Boston Bruins in round one. Toronto took Boston all the way to game seven and looked poised to head into the second round before a third period collapse changed everything. While it was a heartbreaking collapse which led to an overtime loss (and subsequent elimination) it provided a learning experience for a club which lacked playoff experience.

Read more»

Morgan Rielly continues reign as Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Morgan Rielly - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Morgan Rielly maintains his spot as the top prospect for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rielly was selected 5th overall by the Leafs in 2012. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

The shortened 2012-13 NHL campaign has seen the Toronto Maple Leafs use a number of developed players throughout the season. Eight players who are 26 years old or younger, have suited up for the Maple Leafs this season – all of them playing vital roles for the Toronto Marlies earlier this season . This is a testament to the process the Maple Leafs have implemented in recent years to develop and promote more prospects.

Read more»

Toronto Maple Leafs own several NHL-ready prospects at minor league level

by Jason Chen
on

Joe Colborne - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Joe Colborne is one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects who has NHL experience. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

The Toronto Maple Leafs' cupboard is no longer bare, though it is certainly lacking high caliber offensive forwards. In previous years, the Leafs have been known to make rash signings and trades, paying little to no attention to the quality and continuity of their pipeline. They renewed their focus on drafting and development several ago and are only now slowly beginning to reap the benefits.

Read more»

Defensive prospects an area of strength for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Carter Ashton - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Carter Ashton is just one of a handful of young forwards the Maple Leafs have acquired over the past two years. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The additions of defensemen Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn at the 2012 NHL Draft have bolstered what was once a weak point in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system. They are added to a list of names such as Korbinian Holzer, Jesse Blacker, Stuart Percy, and Petter Granberg that are in the fold currently. Each player offers a different dynamic that should complement the team’s defensive core if they continue to progress in their development.

Read more»

Morgan Rielly tops Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2012 Fall Top 20

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Matt Frattin - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Winger Matt Frattin is one of many Maple Leafs prospects who already has a fair amount of NHL experience. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs' system includes extensive depth at all positions, which should soon pay major dividends. Pending an extended lockout, there is expectation for strong competition from within, as a number of players are expected to graduate to the professional level. Recent draftees Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn find themselves ranked in the top-five for the Fall Top 20 rankings. Other new faces to the list include NCAA forward standout Spencer Abbot and Swedish defenseman Petter Granberg.

Read more»

Related Articles