D Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks (2013 Draft)
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01-03-2013, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by
Faidh ar Rud Eigin
I don't agree. MacKinnon has skating on Tavares but that's about it. Tavares has stronger hockey IQ, he's a better playmaker, better "scoring sense", better defensively, better hands. Tavares rarely makes a mistake and he carries the puck near perfectly, you'll almost never see him turn it over by bobbling the puck. MacKinnon seems guilty of that at least a few times every I watch him.
Hall is a far better comparison, they play a similar game, they're both physical wingers, they have similar hockey IQ (Which is above-average, but not great) and they dominate through athelticism and explosiveness.
MacKinnon is a natural centre, and plays his best hockey (by far) in that position. That's a pretty important distinction to make right there. Judging MacKinnon by what he does on the wing is like trying to sum up Fedorov's career with an exploration of his life as a defenseman.
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