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:

Trade with Toronto, 2015

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 in the third round, 62nd overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. 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.

2013-14: McKegg made his NHL debut for the Maple Leafs on February 1st in a game against the Senators — spending most of his second pro season with Toronto’s AHL affiliate. He had six shifts with no points nor penalty minutes in his own NHL game. McKegg was the third-leading scorer for the Toronto Marlies, scoring 19 goals with 28 assists in 65 games, and was an even plus/minus with 31 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. McKegg scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -5 with 10 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

McKegg is capable of lining up at center and wing andis an offensive catalyst with a good mind for the game. He is a natural goal scorer who can find numerous ways to score goals. He is not overly physical, but doesn’t shy away from contact. McKegg has deceptive hands and the ability to slip through tight areas. His game-to-game consistency and strength are two areas that have kept him from playing at the NHL level on a permanent basis.

Future

McKegg was dealt by the Maple Leafs to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Zach Hyman.

Toronto Maple Leafs reaping benefits of good drafting and development

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Spencer Abbott - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Spencer Abbott has been a standout for the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Abbott is in his second full season of professional hockey. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs strong start can be attributed to the depth they have accumulated over previous seasons. Under general manager Dave Nonis, the Maple Leafs continue to foster the development of their youth in hopes they will one day become NHL players.

Read more»

Youth movement expected to continue for Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013-14 season

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Matt Finn - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Now in his fourth season of junior hockey, Matt Finn is expected to be a leader for the Guelph Storm on and off the ice. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

The AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Marlies, are expected to ice a very youthful lineup for the 2013-14 season, comprised mostly of players aged 23 and under. The Marlies will welcome eight players who make their rookie debuts in the AHL.

Read more»

Gauthier debuts at number two spot in Toronto Maple Leafs Top 20

by John-Eric Iannicello
on

Frederik Gauthier - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Frederik Gauthier was the first selection the Maple Leafs made in the 2013 NHL Draft. Gauthier is a big-bodied forward who plays a good two-way game. (courtesy of Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Slow and steady development remains the course of action for the Toronto Maple Leafs entering the 2013-14 season. With a patient approach to their draft picks over the last few seasons, the club is now in a large transition phase at the AHL level.

Read more»

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»

Related Articles