MacKenzie Weegar
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MacKenzie Weegar

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-01-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

7th round (206th overall), 2013

Weight:

183 lbs.

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History

2009-10: MacKenzie Weegar played for the Ottawa Senators minor midget AAA team. In 30 games he scored 6 goals with 7 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. Weegar was not selected in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft but was picked by his hometown Nepean Raiders in the third round (29th overall) of the 2010 CCHL Draft.

2010-11: Weegar played five junior A games with Nepean and skated for the Winchester Hawks in the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League. He had 2 assists with the Raiders and scored 10 goals with 23 assists and 94 penalty minutes for Winchester. Weegar again passed through the OHL Draft and was selected by Rouyn-Nouranda of the QMJHL in the OHL Waiver Draft.

2011-12: Weegar was the second-leading scorer amongst CCHL defensemen in his first full season with Nepean, trailing only teammate Ryan Johnston. In 53 games he scored 13 goals with 37 assists and had 61 penalty minutes. Nepean finished first in the Yzerman Division and captured the CCHL playoff title. Weegar scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. Nepean competed in the Fred Page Cup and in five games Weegar had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes. Halifax obtained Weegar from Rouyn-Nouranda in a QMJHL trade in February. He was ranked 198th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was not selected in the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Weegar skated in 62 games for the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads in his first QMJHL season and was a team-best +55. He scored 8 goals with 36 assists and had 58 penalty minutes on a Halifax team that lost just six games in the regular season. In 17 QMJHL playoff games Weegar had 5 assists and was +13 with 10 penalty minutes. He had 4 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games. In his second year of draft eligibility, Weegar was ranked 164th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Florida in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Weegar attended his first NHL camp with the Panthers before returning to Halifax for his second with the Mooseheads. The fourth-leading scorer amongst QMJHL defensemen, he represented the league in the Subway Series against Russia. Weegar scored 12 goals with 47 assists and was +56 with 97 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. Halifax finished first in the Maritimes Division and reached the QMJHL semifinals. Weegar scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was +3 with 14 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. In two games for the QMJHL in the Subway Seris he was -1 with no points nor penalties. Weegar signed a three-year entry-level contract with Florida in May 2014. 

2014-15: Weegar split his first professional season between the AHL and ECHL, playing 31 games for Panthers’ affiliate San Antonio and skating for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was +2 with 40 penalty minutes with the Rampage. San Antonio finished first in the West Division but was swept by Oklahoma City in a first-round series. Weegar did not play in the series against the Barons. He scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was +4 with 13 penalty minutes in 21 ECHL games.

2015-16: Weegar skated in the AHL with Portland in his second pro season and was the second-leading scorer amongst Pirates’ defensemen behind minor league veteran Cameron Gaunce. He scored 7 goals with 17 assists and was -8 with 60 penalty minutes. Portland finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, falling to Hershey in a first-round playoff series. Weegar skated in one playoff game and was -1 with no points nor penalties.

Talent Analysis

Weegar is a small but intelligent defender who makes good choices with and without the puck and can help his team generate offense. He plays a steady, positional game in his own end, but is quick to join the rush when the opportunity appears. He lacks top-end skills, but is a good skater and an efficient defender.

Future

Weegar played a steady role on the blueline for the AHL's Portland Pirates in 2015-16, finishing second on the team in scoring amongst defensemen. His game is still a work in progress on the defensive end. Weegar will head into the third-year of his entry level contract in 2016-17 looking to crack the Panthers' lineup but barring any surprises will return to the Pirates. Weegar's offensive skill set suggests he could have some value running a power play but his defensive game could limit his opportunities at the next level.

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