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Red Wings pick Michael McKee with 140th overall pick

Via the Red Wings:

With the 140th overall selection in the 2012 #NHLDraft, your @DetroitRedWings select Michael McKee (D) from the Lincoln Stars.
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McKee has committed to Western Michigan University. He is listed at 6’4” and 230 lbs.
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You can follow DRW fifth round pick Mike McKee on Twitter at @mikemckee23.

McKee is huge—6’4” and 225 pounds—and NHL.com had him unranked and listed his stats only:

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A P PIM
2010-2011 KENT SCHOOL HIGH-CT 27 8 15 23 50
2011-2012 LINCOLN USHL 59 2 17 19 237

Paul found that a search for McKee yields fights, fights and more fights, including this one from RWC’s Sarah Lindenau:

Lindenau posts out that McKee and Danny Dekeyser will play together, and she found a profile of McKee from the CBC’s Darren Winkler as well.

RWC on McKee:

5-140. D Mike McKee, 6-4, 232, Lincoln (USHL), 59-2-17-19-237. Numbers you need to know that you don’t often see from a Red Wings’ draftee — 6-foot-4, 232 pounds and 237 penalty minutes. Not ranked by Central Scouting, the rugged defenseman plays with a mean streak and is headed to Western Michigan next season in the Red Wings’ back yard.


Here’s the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness’s take on McKee…

In the fifth round, with the 140th overall pick, the Wings take defenseman Michael McKee from the Lincoln Stars.

McKee has committed to Western Michigan University and is listed at 6-4 and 230 pounds.

And here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan on McKee:

The Detroit Red Wings selected big defenseman Michael McKee of the Lincoln (USHL) in the fifth round (140th overall) of the NHL entry draft at the Consol Energy Center.

McKee has committed to Western Michigan University.

He had 14 goals, 29 points and 127 penalty minutes in 39 games this past season for Lincoln.

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Hehe

Posted by Alex on 06/23/12 at 02:02 PM ET

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I’ve attended games at the Icebox and the brand of hockey played by the Stars is not exactly skillful.  I only attend when forced to go and understand that these are young men learning their profession.  But the brand of hockey played is full of fights and mucking it up and not skating.  The rink is small with only about two feet from the top of the circle to the blue line.  The worst thing about games there is the uneducated crowd.  Hopefully time at Western Michigan will get this guy into all the aspects of hockey, rounding out his skill set and learning how to use his size most eftectlvely and not as a fighter first.  Just my opinion.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 06/23/12 at 02:07 PM ET

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People complain that there’s no Probert in the system, then complain when the Wings draft one.  smile

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 06/23/12 at 03:14 PM ET

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Yup, some people do that type of complaining.  Luckily, I’m not one of them

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 06/23/12 at 04:02 PM ET

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That is one big boy.

Hope he picks up some other skills at WMU and lays off the Two Hearted Ale.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/23/12 at 05:41 PM ET

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Hope he picks up some other skills at WMU and lays off the Two Hearted Ale.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/23/12 at 03:41 PM ET

Well, as a WMU Alum, I can say that Two Hearted Ale is part of the curriculum.

Posted by Seaner from San Jose on 06/23/12 at 08:23 PM ET

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6’ 4” 232 pound 18 yr old I like this pick.

A kid from Ontario having to go play in the USHL league doesn’t exactly tell me he’s a natural though, lol.

After watching the Kings man handle teams with their size and the Ducks do the same the year they won the SC, this kid will be a welcome addition if he can learn to skate better. We need size/grit BADLY.

Smart move to go get a education first just in case the NHL doesn’t pan out.

Guess he could always switch to Founders beers or are they allowed there, haha.

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 06/24/12 at 12:12 AM ET

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Well, as a WMU Alum, I can say that Two Hearted Ale is part of the curriculum.

Posted by Seaner from San Jose on 06/23/12 at 06:23 PM ET

I went to the wrong college.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/24/12 at 12:44 AM ET

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A kid from Ontario having to go play in the USHL league doesn’t exactly tell me he’s a natural though, lol.

Just like Brendan Smith wasn’t a natural huh? Kid from Ontario who played Tier 2 OJPHL hockey and is now slated as a future top 2 for the wings. Not saying this kid is the same but if a kid wants to go to college, the USHL is the best developmental league prior.

Posted by longtimewingsfan from mi on 06/24/12 at 04:34 PM ET

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