Mackenzie MacEachern
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Mackenzie MacEachern

Hometown:

Royal Oak Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-03-09

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (67th overall), 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2009-10: MacKenzie MacEachern played high school hockey as a sophomore at Michigan’s Brother Rice HS in Bloomington Hills.

2010-11: MacEachern had a breakout season as a junior for Brother Rice. In 30 games he scored 34 goals with 36 assists and had 18 penalty minutes. Brother Rice reached the Division 2 finals and MacEachern was named co-MVP of the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League.

2011-12: MacEachern spurned offers to play in the North American Hockey League to play for Brother Rice in his senior season and was named Michigan’s Mr. Hockey. MacEachern was the leading scorer in Michigan high school hockey as Brother Rice won the Division 2 state championship. He committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2013-14 and was selected to Team Michigan for the Minnesota NIT tournament.  In 29 games for Brother Rice, MacEachern scored 42 goals with 48 assists and was plus-50. In four games at the Minnesota NIT he scored 3 goals with 4 assists and Team Michigan defeated Team Minnesota U18 in the championship game. The Chicago Steel selected MacEachern with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft. Ranked 138th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by St. Louis in the third round (67th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: MacEachern played 50 games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel, missing time with concussion-like symptoms in November and December. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was  minus-11 with 35 penalty minutes. The Steel missed the USHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference.

2013-14: MacEachern skated in all 36 games for Michigan State in his freshman season. Frequently skating on a line with fellow freshmen Thomas Ebbing and right wing Villiam Haag he scored 8 goals with 4 assists and was minus-7 with 14 penalty minutes. The Spartans finished fifth in the six-team Big Ten hockey conference in the league’s inaugural season; falling to fourth-place Ohio State, 2-1 in overtime, in the conference tournament quarterfinals. 
 
2014-15: MacEachern skated for Michigan State as a sophomore. The second-leading scorer for the Spartans behind senior Matt Berry, he scored 11 goals with 15 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in 35 games. Michigan State struggled to stay over .500 but finished second in the competitive Big 10 Conference. The Spartans ended the season with a 4-1 loss to rival Michigan in the conference semifinals.  

 

2015-16: MacEachern was the leading scorer for Michigan State in his junior season. Skating in all 37 games for the Spartans, he scored 14 goals with 16 assists and was -19 with 20 penalty minutes. Michigan State finished fifth in the Big 10, falling to Ohio State, 4-3 in overtime in the conference tournament to end the year 10-23-4. 

 
 
Talent Analysis

MacEachern is a combination of size, speed and skill. He has good vision and hockey sense which makes teammates around him better. His big body and long reach help him protect the puck and create space down low. The playmaking winger has good puck handling skills, soft hands and explosive acceleration to burst through the openings. He possesses excellent hand/eye coordination and athleticism that helps him create plays from out of nowhere.

Future

MacEachern was the leading scorer for a young Michigan State team as a junior in 2015-16. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blues in March 2016, foregoing his senior year with the Spartans. Barring any surprises or injuries in training camp, he will begin his pro career with the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2016-17. Long-term he projects as a second or third line winger with some scoring ability.

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