Mike McKenna was a sixth round pick of the Nashville Predators. Prior to his collegiate career at St. Lawrence, McKenna was a three-time NAHL Goaltender of the Week for the Springfield Junior Blues. He scored an empty-net goal in a game against St. Louis. He compiled a 4.20 goals against average and a .895 save percentage in 58 games for Springfield in a competitive Junior A circuit.
McKenna had a decent and relatively consistent college career through his first three seasons on a weaker St. Lawrence team. However, this season he burst out of the gates with three consecutive ECAC goaltender of the week honors. A lot of St. Lawrence’s success was in direct correlation of his great play.
Chosen in the 6th Round, 172nd overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators.
A big, athletic goalie, McKenna has the ability to keep his team in games they would otherwise be out of. He is extremely hard working and competitive. McKenna improved each season in the ECAC.
McKenna is very good with the puck. At times he can make life easy on defensemen by making an outlet pass or clearing the puck out of the zone when needed. Big and rangy in the net, even when he looks out of place his athleticism allows him to recover quickly for big saves. He stays on his feet as long as possible, and then drops when needed to be a relatively effective butterfly goalie. His style is similar to that of Rick DiPietro, just not quite as polished.
McKenna has settled into the role of a capable journeyman goaltender who will provide some depth to an NHL club.