(Photo: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Mackenzie MacEachern (last name pronounced MAK-EHK-urn) was the Captain of the Brother Rice High School Warriors in Michigan. His 2011-12 season resulted in an extremely impressive 42 goals and 48 assists for 90 points in 29 games played. He finished (+50) and took only 16 PIM. He deservedly won the Mr. Hockey 2012 award in Michigan for being the state’s top high school player.
The year prior (2010-11), Mackenzie put up 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points in 30 games for Brother Rice. That’s 76 goals and 84 assists for 160 points in 59 total high school games. Quite impressive.
The St. Louis Blues selected the Left Winger 67th overall in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Mac was 17 years old and playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He scored 8 goals and registered 13 assists for 21 points that 2012-13 season playing a total of 50 games.
He then spent 3 seasons with Michigan State University playing for the Spartans.
- 2013-14: (8G, 4A, 12P, 36GP)
- 2014-15: (11G, 15A, 26P, 35GP)
- 2015-16: (14G, 15A, 30P, 37GP)
MacEachern moved on to play for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL for 2 seasons.
- 2016-17: (5G, 6A, 11P, 55GP)
- 2017-18: (6G, 4A, 10P, 46GP)
This 2018-19 season, Mackenzie played 33 games for the San Antonio Rampage. He scored 9 goals and registered 7 assists for 16 points. That’s all she wrote for Mackenzie in the AHL.
“I really like how poised he usually is. Even when he scores he acts like he’s been there before. He stays level. He cleans up trash around the goal. He’s definitely not afraid of going to the front of the net. Never shies away from contact.” – Bobby Duquette (San Antonio Rampage correspondent for Blues Rants)
Now, MacEachern has earned himself a one-way contract playing for the Blues. St. Louis rewarded him on February 10th after scoring the winning goal against the Predators the night before. The way he’s playing, it’s well deserved. He’s slotted in on the 4th line and playing his role perfectly.
Actually, the Blues have 17 of 20 possible points when MacEachern is in the lineup. They’re 9-1-1 when Mac Mac has played. He certainly hasn’t been a liability by any means. Just take a look at his Corsi for % at even strength of 55.9. It’s the best on the team. Of course, he’s only played 11 games and that will change, but it’s a solid start for him and his partners when he’s out there.
MacEachern is averaging 7:36 a night on the ice. He hasn’t given the puck away at all and has only taken 2 penalties. He’s scored 2 of those ‘dirty goals’ that they talk about in grinder fashion, and he’s registered an assist for 3 points.
“He is sneaky fast, has good hands and seems to enjoy contact, but isn’t a hothead. Mac is everything you could ask for in a 3rd or 4th liner. In a way he seems like a player version of Binnington. Calm and collected but he has a mean streak underneath. He likes to hit and get into dirty areas and stand up for teammates.” – Bobby Duquette