Matt MacKenzie (D)
||New Westminster, BC
Buffalo Sabresâ€™ third-round selection (83rd) overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans on August 21, 2014.
2013-14: Played his first full season with the Rochester Americans (AHL)â€¦ Set pro career-highs in all offensive categories, including goals (2), assists (8), points (10) and penalty minutes (84) while appearing in 64 games for the Amerksâ€¦ Finished with a team-best +11 on-ice rating during the regular seasonâ€¦ Appeared in one playoff contest for Rochesterâ€¦ Named the Amerksâ€™ IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year and was the recipient of the organizationâ€™s McCulloch Trophy for his dedicated service to the Rochester communityâ€¦ Recorded an assist in the regular season finale at Toronto on 4/19â€¦ Was +3 in a 5-1 win vs. Syracuse on 4/18â€¦ Took a team-high four shots at Lake Erie on 4/13â€¦ Recorded an assist in a 4-3 shootout win at Hamilton on 4/12â€¦ Was +2 in his return to the lineup against Syracuse on 4/02â€¦ Missed four games (3/23-3/28) due to injuryâ€¦ Skated in his 100th game as an Amerk at Syracuse on 3/08, finishing +2â€¦ Appeared in his 100th professional game vs. San Antonio on 2/21â€¦ Picked up the secondary assist on Phil Varoneâ€™s overtime game-winning goal vs. Iowa 2/19â€¦ Assessed an automatic one-game suspension as a result of his actions in a game against Grand Rapids on 2/08â€¦ Racked up a season-high 19 PIM against Grand Rapids on 2/08â€¦ Finished a team-best +3 in a 4-0 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 2/01â€¦ Collected two PIM in three games for the Amerks during the 2013 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerlandâ€¦ Notched two assists in a 6-1 win over Utica on 12/04â€¦ Scored his career-high second goal of the season at Toronto on 11/30â€¦ Returned to the lineup vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on 11/20â€¦ Missed three games (11/13-11/16) with an illnessâ€¦ Scored his first career AHL goal vs. Binghamton on 11/08â€¦ Made season debut vs. Utica on 10/11, earning 19:23 of ice time
2012-13: Notched four assists and racked up a career-high 66 PIM in 30 AHL games with Rochesterâ€¦ Appeared in two postseason contests with the Amerks, registering one assistâ€¦ Scored one goal in two outings with the ECHLâ€™s Greenville Road Warriorsâ€¦ Made his professional playoff debut in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Toronto on 4/28â€¦ Appeared in his 50th professional game against Lake Erie on 4/05â€¦ Returned to the lineup at Hamilton on 3/30â€¦ Missed four games (3/23-3/29) with an injuryâ€¦ Returned to the lineup at Abbotsford on 2/05â€¦ Missed 14 games (11/28-12/29) with an injuryâ€¦ Reassigned to Rochester by Buffalo from Greenville on 11/26â€¦ Scored his first goal as a Road Warrior at Reading on 11/23â€¦ Made his Greenville debut at Elmira on 11/21â€¦ Reassigned by the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) to Greenville on 11/20â€¦ Recorded a game-high 17 PIM at Hershey on 10/20â€¦ Made his season debut against Syracuse on 10/12â€¦ 2011-12: Split his first professional season between Rochester and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHLâ€¦ Spent the majority of the campaign with the Amerks, where he recorded four assists and 16 PIM in 20 gamesâ€¦ Assisted on two goals and compiled 11 PIM in five games with Gwinnettâ€¦ Missed the last five games of the season (4/07-4/14) with an injuryâ€¦ Made his ECHL debut for Gwinnett against South Carolina on 2/29â€¦ Was sidelined for 34 games (12/04-2/25) with an injuryâ€¦ Recorded the first two points of his professional career as part of a two-point (0+2) game against Albany on 11/25â€¦ Also finished the game with a +1 ratingâ€¦ Made his pro/AHL debut vs. Syracuse on 10/18â€¦ 2010-11: Registered five points (1+4) in 10 postseason contests with the Tri-City Americans (WHL)â€¦ Split final junior season between Calgary and Tri-City of the Western Hockey Leagueâ€¦ Totaled 38 points and scored a career-high seven goals, including five on the power-playâ€¦ Appeared in 73 combined regular season appearances and racked up 86 PIM, both career-highsâ€¦ Finished the campaign second among Tri-City defensemen in overall scoringâ€¦ 2009-10: Posted his best season of junior hockey, setting career-highs in assists (34), points (40) and plus/minus (plus-16) in 64 games for the Calgary Hitmenâ€¦ Finished fourth among Calgary rearguards in point production and scored five of his six goals on the man-advantageâ€¦ Helped the Hitmen to a league-best 52-18-2 regular season record (107 points), their second straight Scotty Munro Trophy as regular season champions, their second straight Eastern Conference championship and the franchiseâ€™s second Ed Chynoweth trophy as WHL championsâ€¦ Placed second among Calgary blueliners during the 2010 postseason with 16 points (6+10) after appearing in all 23 playoff gamesâ€¦ Guided the Hitmen to a berth in the 2010 Memorial Cup tournament, where they lost in the semifinals against Brandonâ€¦ 2008-09: Recorded 12 points (3+9) in 49 regular season outings with the Hitmen, helping his team to an impressive 59-12-1 showing as the WHLâ€™s top team with 122 points (.847 winning percentage)â€¦ Two of his three tallies were scored on special teams situations, one shorthanded and the other on a power-playâ€¦ Saw Calgary to its first of back-to-back regular season and Eastern Conference titlesâ€¦ Helped the Hitmen to 12 consecutive wins in the 2009 Playoffs, sweeping Edmonton, Lethbridge and Brandon to reach the WHL Finals for the first time since 1999â€¦ Assisted on two goals in 16 playoff contests with Calgaryâ€¦ 2007-08: Finished rookie campaign with the Hitmen with eight points on two goals and six assistsâ€¦ His plus-15 on-ice rating was the best among first-year defensemen.