2009-10: Drafted by the Ottawa 67’s in the sixth round (116th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, Mike McKee instead played 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.
A big, physical player who is still learning the nuances of the game. Can skate 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. The process took nearly half of the season. More will be known about the position switch and how it applied to McKee's future during his sophomore season in 2014-15.