The 29-year-old has spent the last two seasons at the AHL level with the Chicago Wolves, the then-affiliate of Vegas. He was quite productive over that stretch, picking up 54 points (20-34-54) in 71 games in 2018-19 and followed that up with a 17-25-42 statline in 61 contests in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign. If St. Louis envisions a similar role, McKenzie should be a top performer with their new AHL affiliate in Springfield next season.
However, it’s possible that they look at him as a potential extra forward with the big club. McKenzie is only three years removed from playing in 53 games with Dallas and has played in 99 career NHL contests over parts of four seasons with the Stars, collecting 10 goals and 13 assists along with 131 PIMS.