The New Jersey Devils drafted goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, taking the Thunder Bay native with the 42nd overall selection at the draft in Sunrise, Florida.
The 6 foot 4 netminder was named as one of the goaltenders for Team Canada at the 2016 World Junior Championships this past winter, giving the Devils a chance to see their highly drafted prospect on the international stage.
Now, the 19-year-old goaltender is taking home even more accolades.
Blackwood was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the year, taking home the award with a .921 regular season save percentage and three shutouts with the Barrie Colts. He added yet another shutout and a .915 save percentage in the postseason, and has one more year of OHL eligibility left to put up impressive numbers – for the Devils, this is fantastic news for the summer.
These numbers were the best in Blackwood’s career, which likely helped him earn the award as a member of the Colts despite sitting on a hefty eight game suspension for slashing earned during the middle of the season. Per the OHL’s official release on the award:
“It is an honour to receive this award considering the amount of great goalies throughout the league,” said Blackwood. “I would like to thank my teammates who battled in front of me all year, my coaches for helping me develop into the player I am today, and the whole Barrie Colts organization for the great opportunities that they have allowed me to experience over the past three seasons.”