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11-13-2012, 06:07 PM
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vadim sharifijanov
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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.
extreme minority opinion, but i think macinnis was the league's true MVP in '03, just like i think coffey was the league's true MVP in '95 (MVP in the literal sense of most valuable, not best player).

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