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02-14-2011, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
Yeah, the context of the report is strange, because MacKay did have, to all appearances, a good offensive season the year before. I am more interested in the commentary on his career, because I had always wondered about his strange up and down scoring levels out west.
This article (a modern analysis, not a primary source) states that the rover position switched from being an offensive position to a defensive position in the 1918-19 season, and was a primarily defensive position at least through the 1921-22 season.

One of the moves that happened that year was that Mickey Mackay switched positions with Cyclone Taylor, with Mackay moving back to rover and Taylor moving to centre. So the combination of moving back to rover and the rover position becoming more defensive would have depressed his scoring numbers.

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