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04-19-2012, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jason MacIsaac View Post
No it is not, people say you can teach defense. Well there aren't too many poor defensive players coming out of JR that become elite defensive players at the next level. I want a forward who can play in high leverage situations, play against the opponents top lines and still put up points. Players like Monahan projects to do that.

MacKinnon, in my live viewings, was terrible defensively, gave the puck up ala Kovalchuk and failed to play a simple game. I know he is 16 and will improve with age but players don't flick on a switch to this sort of stuff. Not only is there offensive hockey sense but there is neutral zone hockey sense and defensive zone hockey sense...all these things are instincts that I feel won't change much. It's why talented players like Jeff Friesen hit a plateau.
It's important to remember that Monahan is almost a year older and has had an extra year of chl experience. If mackinnon fails to improve next year you may have a point but considering his age he's had a spectacular rookie campaign. The game breaking, rise to the occasion type performances he's had are IMO the most important thing you can see in a prospect coupled with unmatched physical skills.

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