Mackenzie Blackwood

Hometown:

Thunder Bay Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-12-09

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

2nd round (42nd overall), 2015

Weight:

216 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Mackenzie Blackwood played for the minor midget AAA Thunder Bay Kings in his hometown. He was selected by Barrie in the fifth round (96th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Blackwood made his debut in junior A hockey in Ontario as a 16-year-old, playing for the Elmira Sugar Kings in the GOJHL. In 24 regular season games he was 10-8-2 and had a 3.39 goals against and .911 save percentage. Elmira finished eight in the Midwestern Conference. Blackwood did not see any action in the playoffs as Hayden Neuman started all six games.

2013-14: Blackwood steadily assumed the starting role for the OHL’s Barrie Colts in his first season of major junior hockey. In 45 regular season games he was 23-15-2 with 1 shutout and had a 2.98 goals against and .902 save percentage. Barrie finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Blackwood was 5-4 in 10 playoff games with 1 shutout and had a 2.61 goals against and .904 save percentage.

2014-15: Blackwood appeared in 51 of 68 regular season games for Barrie in his second OHL season and played for the OHL All-Stars against Russia during the Subway Series in November. He was 33-14-2 with two shutouts and had a 3.09 goals against and .906 save percentage. Barrie finished first in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Blackwood was 5-4 in nine playoff games with a 2.88 goals against and .922 save percentage. He stopped 31 of 32 shots in Team OHL’s 5-1 win over Russia in Game 4 of the Subway Series. Blackwood skated for Team Orr in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was the top-ranked North American goalie in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by New Jersey in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Blackwood is a modern goaltender who plays a strong butterfly style which combines his size and incredible athleticism. He was one of the best athletes in his draft class and top performers at the NHL combine. Using this, he moves quickly for his size in the cease, especially laterally. By staying poised and being in the right position, Blackwood is able to play consistently each night. In order to reach the next level, he still needs to improve his stickhandling and patience in staying on his feet longer. He also feels he can always improve his hands.

Future

Blackwood is in his third season with the OHL's Barrie Colts in 2015-16 and represented Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship. It will be years before Blackwood is in serious discussion for New Jersey’s number-one goaltending job, but he should be fully developed when he is ready to challenge for the position.

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