|Assets:||Is an industrious forward with a history of scoring ability in the junior ranks. Has good face-off ability and defensive skills. Is very team oriented.|
|Flaws:||Lacks ideal size for the National Hockey League game. Is limited in terms of offensive ability at the big-league level. Isn't a great skater, either.|
|Career Potential:||Journeyman depth forward.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Face-off Awards||2000-01|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Florida Panthers to a three-year contract.|
|1/11/2014||Missed 3 games (suspended by nhl).|
|1/03/2014||Suspended by the NHL for 3 games.|
|12/23/2013||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|12/18/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/05/2013||Missed 5 games (strained back).|
|11/28/2013||Strained back, injured reserve.|
|11/25/2013||Strained back, day-to-day.|
|11/01/2013||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|10/27/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/19/2013||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|3/14/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|5/30/2012||Re-signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a two-year contract.|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 16 regular season games (concussion).|
|3/08/2012||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/30/2010||Missed 8 games (groin).|
|12/15/2010||Groin, injured reserve.|
|11/20/2010||Missed 3 games (lower body injury).|
|11/12/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2010||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a two-year contract.|
|4/11/2010||Missed the last 15 games of the regular season (sprained left MCL).|
|3/11/2010||Sprained left MCL, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/09/2010||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|1/07/2010||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|1/04/2010||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|12/12/2009||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|11/04/2009||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/28/2009||Placed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets for the purpose of assignement to Syracuse (AHL).|
|1/15/2009||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|1/12/2009||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/08/2008||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|7/14/2008||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a one-year contract.|
|4/08/2008||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|2/26/2008||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|12/19/2007||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|12/18/2007||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|12/11/2007||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|12/09/2007||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/30/2007||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|7/11/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free afgent by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a one-year contract.|
|3/14/2007||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|2/23/2007||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|2/22/2007||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|1/03/2007||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|12/21/2006||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|10/02/2006||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|9/30/2006||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|9/26/2006||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|7/18/2006||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers.|
|3/20/2006||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|3/11/2006||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|3/10/2006||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|10/04/2005||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|8/16/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers.|
|9/30/2004||Signed by the Chicago Wolves (AHL).|
|8/02/2004||Re-signed by the Atlanta Thrashers.|
|3/16/2004||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|2/20/2004||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|1/14/2004||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|1/06/2004||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|11/23/2003||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|11/21/2003||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|9/21/2003||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|9/19/2002||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|4/12/2002||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|9/25/2001||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|9/24/2001||Recalled from Chicago (AHL).|
|9/19/2001||Assigned to Chicago (AHL).|
|9/16/2000||Returned to Sudbury (OHL).|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Florida Panthers.|
|7/11/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free afgent by the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|6/26/1999||Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 5th round (128th overall) in 1999.|
Derek MacKenzie signs on with Florida | 07/01/2014 2:01 PM
NewsThe Florida Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year/$3.9 million contract.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactThe former Columbus Blue Jacket was solid the last few seasons and the Panthers will get themselves a nice bottom-six forward whose fantasy value is limited at best.
Derek MacKenzie wants to stay in Columbus | 06/12/2014 11:58 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie said that contract talks with Columbus have been slow thus far.
Impact"The Blue Jackets gave me my first real opportunity, and I'd love to stay," MacKenzie added. "We definitely have the makeup to win the Stanley Cup. ... I'd rather it not get to (the start of free agency without a contract). But I don't fear it, either; there might be an opportunity there for me. Until then, my objective is to get something done with Columbus." The Jackets are interested in bringing the potential unrestricted free agent back. He recorded 18 points and a team-leading 241 hits in 71 games this past campaign.
Kekalainen praises potential UFA MacKenzie | 05/09/2014 6:47 PM
NewsBlue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen thinks highly of Derek MacKenzie, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Impact"He's played great for us," Kekalainen said. "He's a character guy. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he's done. Not the biggest guy, but plays like a 6-4 guy. But everything has to make sense (in the negotiations). We'll take all those things in consideration." MacKenzie's expiring contract came with a $1 million annual cap hit. He had 18 points and 47 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie has 'minor' shoulder surgery | 05/08/2014 1:39 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie has undergone "minor" surgery on his right shoulder.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactHe's expected to need a couple of months to recover. MacKenzie can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but Columbus would like to bring him back.
Derek MacKenzie a UFA come July | 05/05/2014 8:06 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
ImpactThe Blue Jackets have five other players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency as Blake Comeau, Curtis McElhinney, Nikita Nikitin, Jack Skille and Nick Schultz could also fly the coop. MacKenzie is a valuable contributor on the ice and the Blue Jackets should make him a priority in the off-season. He had only nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season so his fantasy value is negligible in pools where points are a priority.
Derek MacKenzie scores in his playoff debut | 04/17/2014 9:37 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie netted a goal in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.
ImpactMacKenzie was playing in his first career postseason contest at the age of 32. He had nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie scores eighth goal of 13-14 | 03/21/2014 9:34 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie found the back of the net in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over Montreal.
ImpactIt was MacKenzie's eighth goal and 16th point in 58 games this season. The 32-year-old isn't expected to ever have much fantasy value and this might actually go down as one of his most productive campaigns from a purely offensive perspective.
Derek MacKenzie is on three-game goal streak | 01/28/2014 9:31 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie scored a goal in Columbus' 3-2 loss on Monday.
ImpactIt was MacKenzie's third goal and fourth point in three games. Despite his recent outburst, he doesn't typically contribute from an offensive perspective and has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Derek MacKenzie has two point night Saturday | 01/26/2014 8:03 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Buffalo.
ImpactMacKenzie has only four goals and 10 points in 40 games this season but has two goals and four points in his last four games. He was not good at the face off dot as he won only two of seven draws.
Derek MacKenzie picks up 2 assists in return | 01/12/2014 7:30 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie had two assists in his first game back after serving a three game suspension.
ImpactMacKenzie drew the suspension for a hit from behind on the Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson. MacKenzie was surprised at the suspension and returned with a vengeance as he now has two goals, six points and 107 hits in 34 games.
Derek MacKenzie finishes serving suspension | 01/11/2014 11:49 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is eligible to return Saturday in Winnipeg after serving his three-game suspension.
ImpactHe received the ban for hitting Phoenix defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind on Jan. 2. MacKenzie has four points and 105 hits in 33 games this campaign.
Derek MacKenzie surprised at suspension | 01/05/2014 7:50 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie was surprised that he was even suspended, never mind for three games.
ImpactMacKenzie received the suspension when he slammed Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind into the boards on Thursday. "When it originally happened, I had no idea it would even go to review," MacKenzie said. "I went (after the game) and asked a couple of their players if he was all right, and they told me he was OK, that he didn't break anything. "But 20 minutes after the game, I found out from the league that there would be a hearing, and at that point I figured something was coming." MacKenzie is due back on January 11.
Derek MacKenzie will serve 3 game suspension | 01/03/2014 3:07 PM
NewsThe NHL has suspended Derek MacKenzie for three games.
ImpactMacKenzie is being punished for hitting Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind on Thursday. Ekman-Larsson sustained an injury on the play, but MacKenzie hasn't been suspended in the past. MacKenzie is eligible to return on Jan. 11.
D. MacKenzie faces possible fine, suspension | 01/03/2014 12:44 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie has a hearing scheduled to discuss his hit on Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
ImpactEkman-Larsson suffered an upper-body injury when he was hit from behind by MacKenzie. He wasn't penalized for his actions during the game itself.
Derek MacKenzie was OK to play Sunday | 12/30/2013 11:04 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (lower body) was able to play on Sunday despite missing Saturday's practice.
ImpactHe earned an assist in the contest to give him four points in 31 outings this campaign. MacKenzie also dished out a game-high eight hits versus the Penguins.
Derek MacKenzie (lower body) doesn't practice | 12/29/2013 9:31 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is dealing with a lower-body injury.
ImpactMacKenzie missed Saturday's practice as a result. He was initially expected to play on Sunday, but Columbus recalled a forward, which might be an indication that his status is in doubt. It's worth adding that MacKenzie recently missed two games due to a lower-body ailment.
Derek MacKenzie will be back on Monday | 12/22/2013 2:57 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is ready to return from his lower-body injury.
ImpactHe missed Columbus' home-and-home series with Philadelphia, but he'll be back in the lineup for Monday's game versus Carolina. MacKenzie has three points and 82 hits in 28 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie skates on Saturday | 12/22/2013 6:01 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie skated on Saturday as he is trying to return from a lower body injury.
ImpactMacKenzie has missed the last two games and his presence in the lineup became more important as the Blue Jackets lost Marian Gaborik and Matt Calvert to injuries Saturday. He has two goals and five points in 28 game so his value in fantasy pools is limited at best this season.
Derek MacKenzie will not play this week | 12/18/2013 12:47 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (lower body) will miss at least two contests.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
ImpactMacKenzie was injured during Monday's game. He has two goals and three points in 28 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie has a lower-body injury | 12/17/2013 9:36 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of Monday's game.
ImpactMacKenzie has two goals and three points in 28 games this season. Consider him day-to-day until more is known about his ailment.
Derek MacKenzie (back) will play on 4th line | 12/06/2013 3:48 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (upper body) is expected to serve on the Blue Jackets' fourth line in his return on Friday.
ImpactMacKenzie will play alongside Mark Letestu and Corey Tropp after missing five games with a back injury. He'll help the team out defensively, but he doesn't do nearly enough offensively to make him worth considering in standard leagues.
Jackets activate Derek MacKenzie from IR | 12/05/2013 4:51 PM
NewsColumbus has activated Derek MacKenzie (upper body) off injured reserve.
ImpactHe has missed the last five games with a strained back. In 22 games this season, MacKenzie has three points and 66 hits. He also strong on faceoffs where he's won 54.3 percent of the 164 draws he's taken.
Derek MacKenzie might return Friday | 12/03/2013 10:23 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (back) hopes to return on Friday.
ImpactMacKenzie has missed four straight games due to the ailment. He has two goals and three points in 22 contests in 2013-14.
Derek MacKenzie is on the IR list | 11/29/2013 9:14 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (back) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
ImpactThe move is retroactive Nov. 22, so this doesn't extend MacKenzie's timetable. He has two goals and three points in 21 contests this season.
Derek MacKenzie doubtful for Monday | 11/25/2013 6:39 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is unlikely to go on Monday as he is suffering from an upper body injury.
ImpactMacKenzie missed Friday's game in Vancouver and sat out practice on Sunday. He has two goals and three points in 21 games so it's unlikely he is in your fantasy lineup.
Derek MacKenzie (upper body) unlikely Friday | 11/22/2013 3:32 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie isn't likely to play Friday due to an upper-body injury.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactMacKenzie recently dealt with back spasms and it's not clear if his new injury is related to that. He has two goals and three points in 21 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie (back) plays Thursday | 11/15/2013 9:26 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (back spasms) was able to play on Thursday.
ImpactMacKenzie skipped Wednesday's skate due to the ailment. He had an assist in 12:20 minutes in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 overtime defeat.
| 11/15/2013 2:17 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie returned to action on Thursday November 14.
Derek MacKenzie doesn't practice on Wednesday | 11/13/2013 1:27 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie missed Wednesday's optional skate because of back spasms.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactMacKenzie's availability for Thursday's contest is in doubt as a result. He has a goal in 16 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie nets his first goal in return | 11/01/2013 10:16 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie scored his first goal of the season in Friday's 4-2 defeat.
ImpactMacKenzie returned from a groin injury and logged 10:07 minutes. Ryan Johansen scored the Blue Jackets' other goal. Nick Foligno, Jack Johnson, R.J. Umberger, and James Wisniewski each registered an assist in the losing effort.
Derek MacKenzie is good to play Friday | 11/01/2013 12:23 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (groin) is ready to return Friday.
Bluejackets.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactMacKenzie missed Sunday's game as a result of the injury. He isn't expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Derek MacKenzie (groin) may return Friday | 10/31/2013 5:19 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (groin) looks like he will be available to play Friday.
ImpactHe expects to travel with the team to Pittsburgh despite falling awkwardly at practice on Thursday. If MacKenzie is ready then he'll play on the Jackets' fourth line.
Derek MacKenzie doesn't practice Monday | 10/29/2013 9:06 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (lower body) wasn't able to participate in Monday's practice.
ImpactMacKenzie missed Sunday's game due to the ailment. Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards wasn't ready to give odds on MacKenzie's chances of playing on Friday.
Derek MacKenzie questionable for Sunday | 10/26/2013 4:54 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie is considered questionable for Sunday's contest because of a lower-body ailment.
ImpactHe didn't practice Saturday but he's expected to test his injury Sunday morning to see if he can play against Anaheim. MacKenzie leads the Jackets with 31 hits, but he has no points in 10 games.
| 10/05/2013 1:45 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie returned to action on Friday October 4.
MacKenzie practices, wears no-contact jersey | 10/02/2013 9:21 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (upper body) took part in Tuesday's practice.
ImpactThe downside is that MacKenzie was a red jersey to indicate that he couldn't be hit. In other words, he's still day-to-day.
Derek MacKenzie expected to play in opener | 09/29/2013 6:56 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (upper body) is expected to be in the lineup when the Blue Jackets play their season opener Friday.
ImpactJust an FYI as MacKenzie will not have a lot of fantasy value as a fourth liner. He had only eight points and 36 penalty minutes in 43 games last season.
Derek MacKenzie (upper body) is day-to-day | 09/24/2013 2:00 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (upper body) is day-to-day, according to Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter
ImpactMacKenzie sustained the ailment during Monday's preseason contest. He had eight points and 36 penalty minutes in 43 games last season.
Derek MacKenzie has an upper body injury | 09/24/2013 8:33 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie's undisclosed injury is related to his upper body.
ImpactMacKenzie was limited to 10 seconds in the third period and just two shifts in the second because of it. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Derek MacKenzie leaves with potential injury | 09/23/2013 9:29 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie left Monday's preseason game against the Wild with an apparent injury.
Aaron Portzline on Twitter
ImpactThere has been no update from the team yet, but MacKenzie has played sparingly in the second and third periods, which causes us to suspect an injury of some sort. We'll pass along updates once the Blue Jackets provide more information.
Derek MacKenzie returns to CBJ's lineup | 03/20/2013 8:33 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie (upper body) returned to the Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup after a three-game absence.
ImpactMacKenzie had two blocked shots and three hits in Columbus' 4-3 victory. He also ended up with a minus-two rating in 12:06 minutes of playing time.
| 03/20/2013 2:18 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie returned to action on Tuesday March 19.
Derek MacKenzie is day-to-day with UBI | 03/13/2013 4:01 PM
NewsDerek MacKenzie missed the Blue Jackets' skate on Wednesday due to an upper body injury.
ImpactMacKenzie should be considered questionable for Thursday's contest. He has three goals and four points in 25 games this season.
Derek MacKenzie a healthy scratch Monday. | 01/29/2013 8:40 AM
NewsDerek MacKenzie and David Savard were healthy scratches for Columbus Monday.
ImpactMacKenzie signed a two-year/one-way contract in the off-season, for the first time in his career. He is a bottom six player who had 14 points and 40 penalty minutes in 66 games last season before a hit by Chris Summers forced him to sit out the last 14 games. He has no fantasy value.
|Goals||1||vs. NJ||Oct 11||1|
|Assists||1||at TB||Oct 9||2|
|Points||1||2 times-last:vs. NJ||last:Oct 11||2|
|Penalty Minutes||5||at Col||Oct 21||7|
|Plus/Minus||1||2 times-last:at Buf||last:Oct 17||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. NJ||Oct 11||0|
|Power Play Points||1||vs. NJ||Oct 11||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||6 times-last:at Col||last:Oct 21||1|
|Shorthanded Points||0||6 times-last:at Col||last:Oct 21||1|
|Shots||2||2 times-last:at Col||last:Oct 21||3|
|Goals||9||2 times-last: 2013-14 (CBJ)|
|Penalty Minutes||47||2013-14 (CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2011-12 (CBJ)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2 times-last: 2013-14 (CBJ)|
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