Phoenix's 2 nd round choice, 32 nd overall, in 2007
MACLEAN AT A GLANCE:
A change of scenery can be a good thing for some players. For Brett MacLean, it was excellent. After being traded from the Erie Otters to the Oshawa Generals in the 2005-06 season, MacLean’s game took off and the score sheets proved that.
In his first full season with the Generals in 2006-07, MacLean notched 100 points in 68 games during the regular season, while adding another 15 points in the playoffs. MacLean also was chosen as an All-Star for the Eastern Conference OHLers and notched two assists.
That season was only a steppingstone for MacLean. Last season with the Generals, the native of London, Ontario, notched 119 points in 61 games averaging a goal per game in the regular season. MacLean also earned another trip to the All-Star Game where he scored a goal for the Eastern Conference OHLers and the scoring didn’t stop there. MacLean continued his rampant scoring rate adding another 16 points in 15 playoff games.
“Brett is a player that anyone who has followed us knows his accomplishments at the junior level. He has that intangible of goal scoring and that’s not easy to find. Any time you can add a player that is a natural goal scorer it’s important. Brett has worked out really hard this summer. The knock on Brett has always been his skating. I think it has come a long ways from where it was last season. The credit really goes to Brett. He has been here all summer taking his training seriously. He has been proactive in improving his speed. Brett is going to surprise some people in camp,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH MACLEAN:
Q:What is the most memorable moment of your career? BM: “It definitely has to be last year. Playing the whole year in Oshawa, I had a great season scoring 61 goals in 61 games and got to play in the All-Star game and Canada-Russia series. It was a lot of fun and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Brett is a player that anyone who has followed us knows his accomplishments at the junior level. He has that intangible of goal scoring and that’s not easy to find.- Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving
Q:What is your favorite activity away from the arena? BM: “Just relaxing or else playing tennis. I love tennis.”
Q:What is the toughest part about the transition from the OHL to the professional game? BM: “The speed of the game and the strength of the guys. Every step is different. It was the same problem when I came to the OHL. Guys were bigger and stronger and I have to get use to that again and play my own game.”
Q:How has working out at Athletes’ Performance Institute in Tempe this summer helped you? BM: “I am a lot more stable and stronger. I lost three percent body fat. My confidence has gone up and I think it is really going to help me out.”
Q:What is your favorite type of music? BM: “I usually listen to Country or Rock. I like listening to Nickleback and Brad Paisley.”
On Thursday, phoenixcoyotes.com will take a look at defenseman Nick Ross in the third installment of our seven-part series.
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