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Derek MacKenzie | Center | #17

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/11/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 181
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 5 (128) / ATL
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Derek MacKenzie received plenty of praise in 2015-16 for his leadership on the Panthers.
However, he turned that around and gave credit to his teammates. "These young guys want to be the best and are willing to do whatever it takes," MacKenzie said. "If they call me leader then great, they don't need much leading. They play the right way every night. I love watching where they came from and where they're going. I think the sky's the limit with the young guys." On the ice, he led the Panthers with a 54.8 faceoff percentage and he placed second with 154 hits. He also contributed in 13 points in 64 games. May 11 - 8:09 AM

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Derek MacKenzie will play Saturday against Carolina.

Through 63 games this season, the veteran bottom-sixer posted 13 points, 36 PIMs, and an impressive 152 hits.
Apr 9 - 1:01 PM

Derek MacKenzie didn't play on Thursday because of a foot injury.

He missed eight straight games after he blocked a shot on Mar. 12 against Philadelphia, but he had played in Florida's previous four outings. MacKenzie sat Thursday because the foot hasn't completed healed and he was feeling a little sore.
Apr 8 - 8:30 AM

Derek MacKenzie will be back in Florida's lineup on Thursday.

MacKenzie since Mar. 12 because of a foot injury. The 34-year-old has six goals and 13 points in 59 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 31 - 7:38 PM

Derek MacKenzie (foot) might be ready to return Tuesday.

He was a full participant in Monday's practice and is very close to getting back in the lineup. MacKenzie has missed the past seven games.
Mar 29 - 10:36 AM

Derek MacKenzie (foot) is close to returning to the lineup, according to the Miami Herald.

MacKenize's been out since March 14, but it appears as though he'll make his return to the lineup relatively soon. He could play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday (that's not confirmed).
Mar 27 - 10:41 AM

Derek MacKenzie won't travel with the Panthers on their upcoming road trip.

Florida will spent the week on the road, as they'll travel to New York (Rangers), Boston and Tampa Bay. The 34-year-old has already missed four games because of the foot injury.
Mar 20 - 10:32 AM

Derek MacKenzie is projected to miss at least two weeks after a fracture was discovered in his foot.

He blocked some shots in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers and was seen on crutches and in a boot after Monday's game.
Mar 15 - 10:24 AM

Derek MacKenzie won't play Monday because of a foot injury.

His foot is badly bruised and swollen after he blocked a shot in overtime on Saturday against Philadelphia. MacKenzie was playing in just his second game back after returning from an undisclosed ailment.
Mar 14 - 1:19 PM

Derek MacKenzie will be back in the lineup for Thursday's game against Ottawa.

MacKenzie has been out with an undisclosed injury, but the Miami Herald believes he was suffering from a concussion. The 34-year-old has six goals and 13 points in 57 games in 2015-16.
Mar 10 - 12:03 PM

Derek MacKenzie (undisclosed) could be ready to return on Thursday.

Coach Gerard Gallant hopes to have MacKenzie back by then after he skated on Monday. He hasn't played since Feb. 27.
Mar 7 - 11:59 AM

The Florida Panthers placed Derek MacKenzie on IR with an undisclosed injury ahead of Sunday's match with Minnesota.

There's no word yet on what has befelled MacKenzie as he did play on Saturday, but we'll pass it along as soon as we find out. The veteran grinder has posted 13 points, 36 PIMs, and 137 hits in 57 games so far this season.
Feb 28 - 4:37 PM

Derek MacKenzie was back in the lineup Tuesday against Ottawa after recovering from a sprained knee.

He sat out four games due to the injury. MacKenzie had three shots and five hits in 13:13 of ice time in his return.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 08:11:00 AM

Derek MacKenzie (lower body) has been medically cleared to play.

He might be back in the lineup on Tuesday against Ottawa. MacKenzie has been out of action since Dec. 12 due to a lower-body injury.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 08:35:00 AM

Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant admitted that Derek MacKenzie leaving Saturday's game against Boston was a 'big loss' for Florida.

"Derek’s a big loss," said Gallant. "He’s an energy guy for us, he’s worked hard, and he’s played pretty well lately, especially the last few games. That was a big loss, we had to adjust a little bit." There's still no word on how long MacKenzie will be out. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Vincent Trocheck
3Nick Bjugstad
4Derek MacKenzie
5Jared McCann
6Dave Bolland
7Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Teddy Purcell
4Garrett Wilson
5Quinton Howden
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Jiri Hudler
3Reilly Smith
4Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Willie Mitchell
5Alex Petrovic
6Steven Kampfer
7Jakub Kindl
8Michael Matheson
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya