Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American goaltender for the 2015 NHL Draft, was one of nine goaltenders invited to Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence goaltending camp.
The camp, which will be held June 12-14 at Canlan Ice Sports in Etobicoke, Ontario, is the first step toward picking the goaltenders who will play for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Blackwood, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, went 33-14-2 with a 3.09 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and two shutouts in 51 regular-season games. He also had a 2.88 GAA and .922 save percentage in nine OHL playoff games.
"Mackenzie's overall net coverage is excellent," Central Scouting's Al Jensen said. "His size and explosive leg power pushes is a great asset in his lateral ability. He is able to get across laterally with ease and very quickly, always being in control. Another advantage is when he drops in the butterfly he covers the lower corners post-to-post with his excellent leg extension while sealing the ice. While he's in the butterfly he also keeps his upper body in an upright position with his glove in the proper position as well to cover the upper half of the net. There are not many holes for the shooters to shoot at."