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04-30-2013, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by 416Leafer View Post
Oh sorry MacKinnon isn't EXACTLY like Toews.

It's as accurate a comparison as youre going to get when comparing teammates of similar archetypes to Drouin/MacKinnon. Drouin is a highly skilled offensive winger, who is small, and who ISN'T very good defensively, it isn't a stereotype due to size. Datsyuk is small, and is arguably the best defensive forward in the world. ROR is also small and very good defensively. And even if Drouin as solid defensively, wingers simply don't have the same impact that a centre can have on that aspect of the game.

MacKinnon is bigger, plays the more important position, is himself highly skilled, and is a pretty solid two-way player, which should only improve with age. He's a lot better defensively compared to what Tavares/Stamkos/etc were showing during Junior.
Not really. He's behind where they were.

Drouin is better defensively at his position than MacKinnon is. In fact, Drouin is a pretty good penalty killer - better than MacKinnon.

I'm also not convinced MacKinnon is going to stick at Centre in the NHL. I think he's probably better at C than W, but I thought the same thing about Seguin who has been stapled to the wing and the two are very similar players.

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