Keegan Kanzig
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Keegan Kanzig

Hometown:

Athabasca Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-7

Acquired:

3rd round (67th overall), 2013

Weight:

241 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Keegan Kanzig skated for the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers bantam AAA team in Alberta. He was selected by the Chilliwack Bruins in the first round (7th overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Kanzig moved up to the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers midget AAA team and played for Team Alberta in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. He scored 8 goals with 18 assists and had 82 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games for the Rangers and in 13 playoff games scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 12 penalty minutes. In six games at the CWG he had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes as Team Alberta captured a bronze medal.

2011-12: Kanzig made his WHL debut – skating for the re-located and re-named Victoria Royals. He had 2 assists and was -17 with 66 penalty minutes in 63 games. The Royals won just 24 games but reached the WHL playoffs; finishing five points ahead of last place Prince George in the B.C. Division. Kanzig was -3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes in the four-game playoff series with Kamloops. Kanzig played for Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge and had no points with 2 penalty minutes in five games.

2012-13: Kanzig played in 70 of 72 games for Victoria in his second season and was fourth in the WHL with 159 penalty minutes. He had 7 assists and was -10 as the Royals finished third in the B.C. Division. Kanzig scored his only goal of the season in the six-game playoff series with Kamloops and was -3 with 10 penalty minutes. He was ranked 112th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Calgary in the third round (67th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Kanzig is a big body that can make a big presence on the ice. He has the ability to become a shutdown force for the Flames on the back end, while being an enforcer at the same time. At 6’7, Kanzig is a surprisingly good skater for a player of that stature, however it is an area where improvement can increase his effectiveness on the ice.

 

Future

Kanzig returns to Victoria for the 2013-14 season as he enters his third campaign with the Royals. The Alberta native will have an opportunity to further develop his skills as a defender while providing shutdown defense for the Royals. Kanzig will be rising up the ranks in the Flames system the next couple of years as he develops and strives toward a roster position in Calgary.

 

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