2009-10: Mike McKee was drafted by the Ottawa 67’s in the sixth round (116th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft but chose to play prep school hockey at the Kent School in Connecticut. In 26 games he scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was plus-23 with 22 penalty minutes. Kent School was the top-ranked team in New England Prep Hockey for much of the season and finished 21-5 after an upset loss to Northfield-Mount Hermon in the prep tournament. McKee was impressive in the Beantown Classic tournament’s pre-draft division in March and was selected by the Lincoln Stars in the 19th round (271st overall) of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: McKee returned to the Kent School for his junior season and was a big part of the Lions run to the New England Prep School League championship game. In 27 games he scored 8 goals with 15 assists and had 50 penalty minutes. Kent lost to Milton Academy, 2-1, and finished with a record of 21-6. McKee was ranked 144th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2011 NHL Draft but was not selected in his first year of eligibility.
2011-12: McKee joined the USHL’s Lincoln Stars, foregoing his senior season at Kent School. He led all players in the USHL in penalty minutes (237) and was plus-seven with 2 goals and 17 assists. Lincoln finished first in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. In eight playoff games McKee was scoreless and minus-five with 44 penalty minutes. McKee committed to playing college hockey at Western Michigan in 2013-14. Though not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings (after being 144th in the mid-term rankings), he was selected by Detroit in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: McKee led the USHL in penalty minutes despite appearing in just 42 of 63 games for Lincoln in his second season with the Stars. He had 292 penalty minutes and was +15 with 3 goals and 18 assists. Lincoln finished fourth in the West Conference and took first-place Sioux Falls to five games in a first round playoff series. McKee was an even plus/minus with 4 assists and 18 penalty minutes in five playoff games.
2013-14: McKee played for Western Michigan University — finishing third on the team in penalty minutes as a freshman despite appearing in just 21 of 40 games. He scored 1 goal and was -4 with 54 penalty minutes. Western Michigan finished tied with Minnesota-Duluth for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos reached the semifinals of the NCHC tournament but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after falling to North Dakota in the conference’s third-place game.
2014-15: McKee skated in 34 of 37 games for Western Michigan in his sophomore season. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -1 with 82 penalty minutes, second only to Nolan LaPorte (93) for the Broncos. Western Michigan finished seventh in the NCHC and split the first two games of the conference quarterfinal series with second-place Miami before falling, 4-0, in the decisive third game.
McKee is a big, physical player who is still learning the nuances of the game. He skates well and has a hard shot but limited offensive upside.
McKee transitioned from defense to forward during his first season at Western Michigan University in 2013-14. He moved back to left wing in his sophomore season, seeing primarily lower line duty in 2014-15. Long-term, he does not appear to have much offensive upside but his size, skating ability, and willingness to engage opponents suggest he may have some potential as an energy line, defensive forward.