David Meckler
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David Meckler


Highland Park Illinois

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5th round (134th overall), 2006


204 lbs.

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2005-06: The Highland Park, Ill. native is best remembered for scoring the shorthanded, game-winner in the five-overtime marathon in the opening round of the ECACHL playoffs versus Union College on March 4. Overall, Meckler posted ten points (seven goals, three assists) in 31 games. His seven goals led all Yale rookies. Of his seven goals this season, three came on special teams (two on the power play and one short-handed).

2006-07: Left college hockey prior to the beginning of the season and joined London of the OHL.  Meckler finished fourth on the high-powered Knights in goals (38) and added a total of 73 points in 67 games.  But it was in the playoffs that Meckler would truly shine, scoring a league high 15 goals in 11 playoff games and leading London deep into the playoffs where they eventually succumbed to Plymouth.

2007-08: David Meckler has stepped right into the secondary scoring role for Manchester this season.  After establishing himself as a leading goal-scorer in major juniors, Meckler has shown a propensity for finding the back of the net in the AHL, grinding out goals and finishing with loose pucks around the net.  The success of Boyle in Los Angeles may meant that Meckler would take on an even larger role in Manchester.  His 23 goals in 76 games was good for fourth overall on the team.

2008-09: Twenty or more goals hard-fought goals from around the net would be a successful season for Meckler.  Unfortunately, he did not score as often as the Monarchs would have liked this season.  The dip in offense can largely be attributed to a decline in secondary scoring, starting with Meckler.  While he played a solid defensive game, his offensive development stagnated as the team focused more on the defensive side of the ice.

2009-10: in his third AHL season, Meckler posted 11 goals and 9 assists in 73 regular season games. He also managed 1 goal in 14 playoff appearances.

2010-11: Meckler skated in 75 games in his fourth season with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. After starting the season at a nearly point-per-game pace in the season's first ten games, he settled into more of a two-way role for Manchester, scoring 16 goals with 17 assists and finishing +3 with 28 PMs. Manchester finished second in the Atlantic Division and faced eventual Calder Cup champion Binghamton in the first round. In seven playoff games, Meckler scored 2 goals and was +1. Meckler signed a one-year contract with the Kings as a restricted free agent in July 2011.

2011-12: Meckler skated in 44 games for the Kings AHL affiliate Manchester – missing three months due to a hand injury he suffered in December. He scored 10 goals with 7 assists and was plus-10 with 13 penalty minutes. Manchester  finished second in the Atlantic Division and lost to Norfolk three games to one in a first round playoff series. Meckler had no points in four playoff games. In his fifth season with the Monarchs, Meckler set a Manchester record for most games played (342).  He signed a one-year contract with the Kings in July, 2012. 

Talent Analysis

Meckler is a hard-working forward blessed with great puck skills who has the ability to get pucks to the net. He can play both the center and wing positions. He is a smooth skater with good speed. Meckler is also a very smart player who possesses very good on-ice vision. While Meckler is known more as an offensive forward, he has shown that he can be defensively responsible as well. He possesses a quick release to his shot. Meckler plays his game with a competitive edge and is willing to play the body when necessary.