At the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs' first pick was scheduled to be 62nd overall in the third round. The Leafs would acquire a second-round pick to select Brad Ross, but the player they selected with the 62nd is proving to be a great pick so far.
Greg McKegg, captain of the Erie Otters of the OHL, is having quite a year. He has compiled 31 goals and 30 assists for 61 pointd, while adding 31 penalty minutes in 45 games.
If he continues on that pace, he stands a good chance to at least match last year's output, when he finished with 37 goals and 48 assists for a total of 85 points.
McKegg has been named the OHL Player of the Week twice this season and is ninth overall in OHL scoring.
When he was picked, some fans were disappointed that the Leafs didn't select Russian Kirill Kabanov, who went to the New York Islanders instead. Those fans have probably changed their mind since Kabanov has scored only five goals with 10 assists for 15 points in his 23 games in the QMJHL.
The best news for the Leafs is that McKegg is a center and may be the long-awaited top six center that the Leafs have been looking for.
I wouldn't be surprised if McKegg garners consideration for Team Canada at the next World Juniors.
In the near future we might see a second line of McKegg centering Ross and Jerry D'Amigo, which in my opinion, would be one scary line.
But for now, we can only hope that McKegg will be as good in the NHL as he is in the OHL.