McKeen’s 2018-19 Yearbook - Scouting: Smart and responsible forward with skilled hands and feet – excellent puck protection skills, exploiting broad shoulders and a sizeable wingspan .. persistent, with a feisty style, intelligent about getting involved physically .. quick release and snap on killer wristshot .. release gets surprising trajectory .. stickhandles and carves through tight spaces, firing in one continuous motion .. shoots off his inside foot – shades of Mark Messier .. adept all-around skater - propelled by wide, vigorous strides and balanced...
McKeen’s 2018-19 Yearbook - Scouting: Smart and responsible forward with skilled hands and feet – excellent puck protection skills, exploiting broad shoulders and a sizeable wingspan .. persistent, with a feisty style, intelligent about getting involved physically .. quick release and snap on killer wristshot .. release gets surprising trajectory .. stickhandles and carves through tight spaces, firing in one continuous motion .. shoots off his inside foot – shades of Mark Messier .. adept all-around skater - propelled by wide, vigorous strides and balanced edges .. sustains a steady tempo and creates separation with a strong diagonal crossover step .. first-step burst and top speed, while adequate, can improve .. conscientious defender - knows how to eliminate space as a checker in backside pressure .. transitions out of the zone well .. more here than the individual skills. Analysis: Settled into the 39-49 point range for the fourth straight campaign (77-17-23-40) .. showed some early signs of potentially pushing passed that with hot streaks from Oct. 20-Nov. 12 (11-5-3-8) and Nov. 27-Jan. 6 (15-6-7-13) .. problem was that he did very little in the first half outside of those two big runs and after them, he didn’t have any more major bursts of offensive success to counteract his prolonged cold streaks .. shots per game (2.43) dipped to its lowest level since 2014-15 .. 5v4 expected goals differential suggests he might have underperformed a bit in those scenarios, but not by enough to make a real impact on his season .. did alright in the playoffs while the Ducks got swept by San Jose (4-1-1-2) .. a secondary scorer that’s unlikely to ever elevate beyond that label.
McKeen's 2017-18 Yearbook - Scouting: A smart, skilled and responsible forward .. skilled hands and feet - protects the puck well, exploiting broad shoulders and a sizeable wingspan .. persistent, displays a feisty side, and intelligent about when to get involved physically .. top weapon is a quick release on a killer wristshot .. stickhandles into tight spaces and can fire in one continuous motion - or shooting off his inside foot a la Mark Messier .. release gets surprising trajectory .. adept all-around skater - propelled by wide, vigorous strides and balance on his edges .. sustains a steady tempo .. creates separation with a strong diagonal crossover step .. can improve his first-step burst and top speed though neither are weaknesses .. conscientious defender - knows how to eliminate space as a checker in backside pressure .. stationary winger’s duties in the defensive zone, but transitions out of the zone well .. there’s more here than the individual skills. Analysis: Career highs in goals and points after sputtering out of the gate, scoring twice in the first 11 games, and aside from a 10-game goalless funk in December, he scored fairly consistently five or six goals in each quarter .. the third person on the Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano unit (830 mins, 57.1 GF% & 54 CF%) .. had an exemplary postseason, scoring nine goals one more than his career totals prior to 2016-17 – with five scored during a five-game point streak (5-5-3-8) .. he now has 37 points in 40 playoff games over the last three seasons .. reasonable shooting rates at even strength – and to a degree at 5v4 – suggest there’s still another level to be reached here .. secondary power play time (1:57 per game) will be hard to increase given the first unit in place .. second among forwards in ice time (18:29/GP) as a competent penalty killer (1:37/GP) .. bank 25 goals, but could 30 be that far away?
15-16 Report/16-17 Outlook: Entered season looking for a fourth season breakout, but recorded the same number of points (39) .. a recurring Anaheim story, and a similar narrative to linemate Ryan Kesler, only to a greater degree .. floundered for half a season (39-3-3-6) with an infinite number of left wings completing the trio (331 mins, 16.7 GF% & 59.4 CF% at 5v5) - with an incredibly low 1.16 on-ice Sh% between them .. hooked up with Andrew Cogliano as the permanent third at mid-season (352 mins, 64.3 GF% & 53.5 CF%) providing a taste of what the stretch run held, with an improved Q3 (21-5-8-13), and finishing with 11 goals in the final quarter (20-11-7-18, 19.17% iSh%), nine at 5v5 – which was the second most in the last quarter .. had a 1.81% on-ice sh% mid-February, and climbed to 18.94% at it’s peak, spiking with the Q4 outburst, but still ending 32% lower than ’14-15 .. some spillover would occur into the postseason, tying for team lead in points with Ryan Getzlaf .. 26 5v5 points represented 78.8% of on-ice goals (a career high), recording on average the shortest duration between 5v5 shot attempts (1:22) and shots on goal (2:20) .. only played 67 secondary minutes of power play time, (2-2-4) - ending with a 3.58 P/60 – good enough for a 2nd unit power play .. in the end would record 3rd line P/60 at 5v5, with 4th line A/60 and 1st line G/60 – which required an 11 goal final quarter to salvage a 20-goal season .. four goals in the shootout was better than the rest of the team (tied for 5th in the league) .. promising upside based on his second half, and he has intrigued before .. if he and linemates can get off to a better start this could be a career season for him .. but the second half may be misleading so draft cautiously for similar results .. there’s another 20- goal season in him, only more spread out over the season.
14-15 Report/15-16 Outlook: Former Senators 2009 2nd round pick (39th overall) signed a one-year bargain contract entering 2014-15 and failed to score a goal in the first 16 games – and only one in the first 27 .. ended up with career highs across the board, due to a hot 3rd (20-5-5-10 – 13.51% sh%) and 4th quarter (20-4-9-13) that spearheaded a voracious playoffs alongside Ryan Kesler scoring 5 or more points in each round (16-4-14-18) .. smart two-way forward - his 1.73 Pts/60 is right on the baseline benchmark for a second line player .. played most minutes alongside Andrew Cogliano in the regular season (57.1 GF% & 52.7 CF%) .. scored six of nine goals and 13 of 20 points in games close situations .. a shoot-out sniper leading the NHL with 9 goals and 69.2% shooting percentage – adept .. skilled – protects the puck well, exploiting broad shoulders and a sizeable wingspan .. persistent, displays a feisty side, gets involved physically .. top weapon is a quick, seeing-eye wristshot .. adept at stickhandling into space and firing in one continuous motion.. dynamic release – gets surprising trajectory .. adept all-around skater – propelled by wide, vigorous strides .. sustains a steady tempo .. creates separation with a strong diagonal crossover step .. conscientious defender – knows how to eliminate space as a checker .. a good bet to inherit some time created by Beleskey’s exit and evident chemistry with Kesler – should be an interesting match with Carl Hagelin, with equal speed and defensive acumen .. averaged a 52-point pro-rated pace over the last three months of the season – followed by the playoff breakout .. good little sleeper here entering his fourth season at 24-years old.
13-14 Report: The 23 year old struggled to build on his rookie season after being Anaheim’s primary return in last year’s trade that saw winger Bobby Ryan head to Ottawa .. started well with four goals in his first four games, but was derailed by a broken right hand in late October .. never seemed to fully recapture his early season form and ended with 23 points in 52 games (52-10-13-23) .. a skilled winger featuring one of the NHL’s better wrist shots .. needs to work at finding scoring areas more consistently .. took only 119 shots last year (down from 134 in Ottawa) .. skated 1:20 per game on the power play, but produced only one point .. positive possession, ending with a 51.6% CF .. on-ice teammates shooting percentage of 7.9% (18th on the Ducks) did not further his cause .. not a fantasy multi-category threat, ending the year with only 12 penalty minutes and 31 hits .. a project the team is invested in and will be given the opportunity on one of the top two lines .. the addition of Ryan Kesler means that Anaheim’s top six group will be more talented and balanced .. saw little time with Getzlaf and Perry last season, but that possibility always remains tantalizing .. key to his success will be staying healthy and a renewed willingness to utilize his shot .. internal pressure from other young players in the Ducks’ system will make this a pivotal season for him to take a step forward in his third NHL campaign.
12-13 Report: The key piece in the trade that sent Bobby Ryan to Ottawa will be given a chance to shine in Anaheim .. likely locked a spot in Ottawa with an eye-opening December with Binghampton in the AHL scoring nine goals in 12 games (12-9-6-15) including a goal in six straight .... failed to score in only four games, after scoring only four goals in 17 games in October and November .. an effective introduction to North American pro game (34-13-16-29) .. struggled out of the gate in his NHL debut for about a third of the season (15-2-1-3) .. playing all 48 games as a rookie finishing fifth on the team in total ice time (778:59) seeing secondary power play opportunities and killing penalties (13:24 ES, 1:41 PP, 1:07 SH) .. picked up steam as the season wore on scoring six goals and 11 points in the final 20 games .. spirited in the playoffs, but fizzled statistically after Game 3 of Round 1, mustering up a single assist in the final seven playoff games .. starting on the second line with Bonino and Selanne could find himself stepping in on the top line if Penner stumbles .. always temper expectations in a sophomore season particularly with a player that has not demonstrated the offensive chops at this level for an extended period of time .. nonetheless an intriguing opportunity for a talented player.
2011-12 Report .. Reached historic heights in his third full Elitserien season - capturing MVP in both the regular season and playoffs .. caught fire over the second half, ending the regular season on a 15-game points streak (15-11-13-24) .. fired a record 13 playoff goals, breaking Daniel Alfredsson's mark, including the game-winner that secured his hometown Brynas club their first title in 13 years (17-13-7-20, plus-17) .. showed his potential as a defensive foil during a trail-by-fire NHL debut in the final two playoff games.