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01-28-2013, 01:20 PM
NS Bluenoser
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Originally Posted by Anth93 View Post
If Mac didn't have the ability to completely blow by defenders, I'd probably go with Drouin.. But every time you watch him do it, you get shivers. A really special quality for a C who can defend to his level.
Good point. He often looks like he hit "speed burst" in an NHL video game when he comes up ice. His explosiveness is rare. Even the small bursts that don`t lead to any goals are fun to watch, coming off the boards, spinning off a defender etc. He makes even the best defenders look like they are 3rd pairing defensemen trying to contain him at times.

Someone mentioned somewhere else about how he is too fast for his linemates lol.... this sounds silly, but it`s true. When he takes the pass inside his own blueline and speeds up ice, everyone is late getting to the zone. He often has to coast to let his linemates get up in the play. Not saying its everyone else`s fault that he tries too many individual rushes, but there are many times he glances to his side and sees nobody, so he tries to take it in deep/to the net himself to a fault at times.

His finish has been lacking since world juniors though. His shots are firing high, and while he`s been robbed by the glove a few times, "old" MacKinnon`s shots were barely being seen let alone stopped. He is creating tons of chances but not putting the puck in like he can. He used to be the guy that if he got a good scoring chance it went in. Now he is getting lots of great chances, and not scoring. Guess thats how it goes sometimes.

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