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NHL Draft Profile: Ryan MacInnis

by Alex Busch / Columbus Blue Jackets

At 18-years-old, Ryan MacInnis has a lot of raw talent that could potentially lead him to a career half as successful as the Hall of Fame run that his father, Al MacInnis, lived.

Ryan is a 6-foot-3 forward who uses his length and offensive skill to his advantage. He has a strong shot and is able to use his length as elusiveness around defensemen, protecting the puck with his long arms.

The American-born forward played for a Kitchener team that struggled to score this season, which had to do with them missing the playoffs. He was third on the team in scoring with 37 points (16 goals and 21 assists) in 66 of the Rangers’ 68 games played.

For a tall player like MacInnis, being only 185 lbs., usually doesn’t help when trying to fight off defenders, but he is very built around his body and his offensive instincts help him out-wit the opponent in every battle that he faces.

Before playing for Kitchener this past season, MacInnis competed for the US National Under-17 and Under-18 teams in the United States Development Program. In 52 games for the U-17 team, he found the twine 15 times and assisted on 10 goals, totaling for 25 points. He combined for 47 points in his last season of midget hockey with the St. Louis AAA Blues.

MacInnis is a player who definitely needs some time to grow and build around his big frame, but he is a player that the Blue Jackets could use down the line, as they are searching for a solidified center to surround the already consistent top offensive line.

Here’s what Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News had to say about the 20th-ranked American skater prospect:

“Scouts aren’t worried: They see a lanky 6-foot-3 kid with a lot of space left to fill out his frame and time to do so. Otherwise, Al’s son supports the play and does a lot of different things well.”

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