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Road to the NHL Draft: Ryan MacInnis

By John Vogl

Ryan MacInnis

Position: Center

Junior team: Kitchener (OHL)

Born: St. Louis

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

2013-14 stats: 66 games, 16 goals, 21 assists, 37 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 20 (North America)

Lowdown: There weren’t many shots more lethal than the ones that came off the stick of Al MacInnis. The defenseman spent more than two decades rifling 100-mph shots at NHL goaltenders. He’s tried showing his son the tricks, but some things just can’t be taught.

Ryan MacInnis differs from his dad in several ways. The first is obviously the position as Ryan plays forward. He’s developed a two-way game, though, thanks to the defending tips his father has passed along. Another difference between the two is the shot. Ryan doesn’t have the same cannon. He’s got enviable height.

MacInnis is still early in the learning stages. His hockey sense needs work, and he needs to add pounds to his frame. After spending the previous two years in the U.S. National Team Development Program, it took him some time to figure out the junior style of play with Kitchener.

They said it: “A responsible, two-way center with a very good hockey IQ. He sees the ice and anticipates very well to generate scoring chances. He's a good playmaker but just needs to work on his shot and shoot more often.” – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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