McKegg is a member of the Hurricanes after a swap with Pittsburgh saw Josh Jooris move the other way Monday. The 25-year-old McKegg is a well-traveled pro, having already played for Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh -- as well as each of the franchises' AHL affiliates -- in his career. With 91 games of NHL experience, McKegg provides organizational depth to a team that currently sits three points out of a playoff spot.
McKegg was designated for waivers by the Penguins on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. McKegg has been a healthy scratch for Pittsburgh's last three outings and averaged a mere 7:03 of ice time in his 10 games prior, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he finds himself on waivers. Assuming he clears, the center figures to be reassigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton -- likely in a swap for a defenseman due to Justin Schultz's (lower body) injury.
McKegg is averaging a paltry 7:03 of ice time in his previous 10 outings. Unsurprisingly given his limited minutes, McKegg is also bogged down in a 10-game pointless streak. At the end of the day, the Penguins' fourth line of McKegg, Ryan Reaves and Tom Kuhnhackl (occasionally Josh Archibald) is not being relied upon for scoring, but rather to serve as a tough, gritty group that can spell Pittsburgh's stars for a few minutes a game and not give up a goal to the opposing team. With this in mind, owners probably shouldn't be relying on McKegg for much in terms of fantasy production.
McKegg has notched one goal and two helpers in the first nine games of the year. With the addition of Riley Sheahan, McKegg will drop to the Pens' fourth line and will likely need to battle with Carter Rowney (hand) for minutes throughout the season. In his 74 career outings, the 25-year-old McKegg has tallied six goals and a half dozen helpers, so fantasy owners probably shouldn't be banking on him for a 20-goal campaign.
McKegg penned a one-year, two-way deal with the Pens on Saturday worth $650,000. McKegg played in 46 games with the Lightning and the Panthers last year, but figures to see more time in the minors this upcoming season given Pittsburgh's depth down the middle. Considering his limited production -- just nine career NHL points -- and lack of a clear role with the Penguins, fantasy owners will likely want to pass on the 25-year-old for the time being.
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