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:

245 lbs.

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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.

2013-14: Kanzig skated for the Victoria Royals in the WHL and scored the first three goals of his junior career in his third season. He also had 5 assists and was +18 with 99 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. Victoria finished second to Kelowna in the B.C. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Kanzig had 1 assist and was +2 with 17 penalty minutes in seven playoff games; receiving a two-game suspension for an incident in the series opener against Portland. Kanzig signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in December 2013.

2014-15: Kanzig attended training camp with Calgary before returning to Victoria for his fourth WHL season. After beginning the 2014-15 season with the Royals he was acquired by the Calgary Hitmen as part of a deal for Edmonton Oilers forward prospect Greg Chase at the WHL trade deadline. Kanzig was one of the league’s heavyweights while playing a key role for the Hitmen as Calgary finished first in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Brandon. After recording 6 assists and a +5 plus/minus with 51 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Royals, he scored 3 goals with 13 assists and was +33 with 115 penalty minutes inn 49 regular season games for Calgary. Kanzig had 3 assists and was +6 with 31 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

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. Despite his huge size, Kanzig is a surprisingly good skater though it is an area where improvement can increase his effectiveness on the ice. He has worked to increase his technical and tactical proficiency during his junior career.

Future

Kanzig is eligible to return to the WHL's Calgary Hitmen for an overage season but is expected to begin his pro career with Flames' AHL affiliate Stockton in 2015-16 after attending training camp. Long-term, his calling card at the NHL level will be his physical game and ability to shutdown opposition attackers; providing a complimentary element to some of the talented young forwards in Calgary.

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