C Nathan MacKinnon - Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2013 draft) II
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11-12-2012, 11:10 AM
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I'm going to disagree with the Roenick comparison, but it's only because a large part of Roenick's game (like Forsberg, or Ovechkin, to use a more modern example) involved initiating a lot of contact - sometimes borderline recklessly, but almost always at high speed. More feisty, intense and instigating physical player, whereas Nathan just plays a positional game that involves being strong on his skates and doesn't include pulling out of hits. Not nearly as focused on making contact wherever he goes, and not as chippy either, as MacKinnon plays a style that is much more concerned with staying calm, focused, and out of the penalty box. He commented as much during one of his interviews last week on Sportsnet. Roenick definitely fought for his inches of ice every night with more ferocity than you'll see from MacKinnon.
The "tools" and some of those rushes, though, are Roenick-esque enough. Someone with only Youtube to follow could be excused for not being able to see just how dissimilar their games actually look over the course of an entire game.
Roenick was certainly more reckless, abrasive and violent. No doubt about that. Look no further than PIMs.
That said, the entire reason I make the Roenick comparison is because in the games I've seen MacKinnon DOES seem to initiate contact whenever possible.
MacKinnon is certainly the much more toned down player, but it is 2012. NOBODY plays like they did in the 90s in terms of recklessness and violence.
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