It looks as though the Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd round pick from 2010 is starting off the season where he left off last year. Gregg McKegg, the captain of the Erie Otters of the OHL has earned the title of player of the week as he scored 7 assists in the last two games he has played. In the Otters first win of the season McKegg scored 6 assists in a 7-5 final against the Owen Sound Attack. It also served as the first 6 point game of his career and also earned 2nd star honours at the end of the night. It isn’t uncommon for the St. Thomas native to be recognized for his play during the regular season as he has had a couple of similar achievements in the past.
McKegg earned the OHL Player of the Month award in February 2010 in a season where he scored 37 goals and 48 assists for 85 points and was 11th overall in league scoring. In the 2010-2011 regular season he earned player of the week on two separate occasions; Once on the week of November 28th, and the other on the week of February 20th. Last season he scored 49 goals and 43 assists for 92 points in 66 games and was 8th overall in league scoring. As it will probably become apparent as the regular season goes on in both Junior and Pro hockey, I really like McKegg and the game he brings. He is a two way forward that has playmaking ability but incredibly soft hands. If there was any criticism I hear of him most often it is his inability to use his size effectively in the dirty areas of the ice. He will have lots of time to work on that aspect of his game this season, especially if he joins the Toronto Marlies in the 2012-2013 AHL season. I will be following his journey through this years OHL season and likely can expect a few more awards coming his way in the future. If he can lead the Otters into the playoffs this year, I fully expect the team to challenge for the Memorial Cup. After a disappointing playoffs last spring, being eliminated in the first round, the team will have some things to work on. What it will come down to though is how well the captain plays, as he is the catalyst of their offence. It will certainly help his standing with the Leafs going into training camp come next september if he has a Memorial Cup under his belt.
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