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11-12-2012, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
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.
MacKinnon finishes more checks this year, and dives right into/through traffic when he has the puck, but he doesn't go out there and try to make plays happen from a momentum changing hit, or get to laying the body as often as possible on "energy shifts" to wake up his team, like Roenick basically patented. MacKinnon plays much more of a controlled retrieval game coupled with explosive transition.

To put it more simply, Roenick most often went out on shifts looking for contact, or the chance to use it to create openings. MacKinnon seems way more content to just take the opportunities to bang around a bit as they come. Actually, a little more assertion in this area would probably be a good thing for his career in the long run.

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