by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #45 (March 2014)
- Hashtag: #TheTallOne
- Nickname: Mac
- Team: #27, Kitchener, OHL
- Position: Centre
- Shoots: Left
- Height: 6’4
- Weight: 185 lb.
- Born: Stratford, ON, 14-Feb-96
- Twitter: @Macinnis72
- 22 – ISS, Apr-14
- 25 – NHL Combined – Final, Apr-14
- 33 – Craig Button, Jan-14
- 36 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
Contains All the Prospects Profiled in This Series]
- Quote 1: Brock Otten at OHLProspects.Blogspot.ca, “He’s definitely a long term project with potential (think along the lines of Calgary’s Jankowski selection). MacInnis has the size, skating ability, puck skill, and poise to be a prototypical top 6 center at the NHL level. He’s getting better, but I still want to see him play with more conviction without the puck. As a center (with his size), he’s going to have to learn how to control the boards and play in his own end.”
- Quote 2: Russ Cohen at Sportsology.info, “He skates well for a big guy. His hockey sense could be a bit better when it comes to setting up plays. He has terrific puck pursuit. His dad, Al, is a Hall of Fame defenseman. Ryan’s shot is good, but not at Al’s level just yet.”
From the War Room
Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Ryan MacInnis:
- The Tall One – A 6’4 centre, every team wants one.
- Genes – Son of NHL Hall of Famer, Al MacInnis.
- Offense – Add great hands and passing ability to a 6’4 frame and you have a solid foundation to build upon. While his shot doesn’t make the goaltenders cringe like his dear old Dad did, he does possess a very good wrist shot with a nice release.
- Defense – Has the makings of a strong two-way forward with size. He is not quite there yet but you can see it in his future.
- Future improvements to make – Ryan is not a physical player but is working to improve in this area. If he adds some weight and strength to his lanky 6’4,185 lb. frame, then, I think he will find much more success and confidence in the physical side of the game.
- Draft placement – Rankings are many clustered from the late first to mid second. While his results for the year have not been overwhelming, teams looking for size with skill are not going to pass over this guy for long – a solid second with a good chance of a late first.
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