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11-13-2012, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
Macinnis was outstanding and elite defensively where Leetch was average to above average. But let's be honest -- the bulk of his points were because of his bomb. Leetch had an average shot but was far more creative with the puck.
I'm being honest when I say MacInnis scored the bulk of his points due to his high level of understanding about how to play the game. He exploited the space he was given at the point to set up teammates for easy goals and tip ins. He had great vision and could make the stretch pass. He possessed one of the most accurate point shots I've seen to date and even as a premiere offensive Dman early in his career, he developed into a very good puck disrupting defender in his own end.

I think MacInnis' influence on Pronger's career goes a bit unrecognized as well. I loved watching Leetch and this is close, but the tipping point for me is MacInnis' consistency and longevity. At 39 years old he had 68 points in 80 games. That seems pretty good.

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