EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Ryan MacInnis.
Height/Weight: 6-3, 185
Hometown: St. Louis, MO, USA
Round: 2 (43rd overall)
2013-14 team: Kitchener (OHL)
Twitter handle: @MacInnis72
A tall, two-way center, MacInnis improved 13 spots to No. 20 on Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters.
• MacInnis finished among the top 10 rookie scorers in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 season with 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 54 games for Kitchener.
• MacInnis notched five points (two goals, three assists) in six games for the U.S. at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, including a goal and assist in a 4-3 win over Quebec in the bronze medal game. He was also a member of the U.S Under-17 team that finished first in the 2012 Four Nations Tournament.
"It's an honor to be picked by Arizona... I've been looking forward to being drafted ever since I was a kid. It's every kid's dream to be here." – Ryan MacInnis
"My dad (Al MacInnis) taught me everything. He taught me how to skate, how to shoot. He was a great coach. He still is. He'll call me after every game and we'll talk about the good things and the bad things " – Ryan MacInnis
"We really feel that Ryan has a chance to fill out. He's 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds, maybe, from where he's going to end up. He got into the OHL this year on a weak team, so his numbers were maybe not what people expected, but we think that his numbers can come up. We saw him as an underage playing with the (USA) U-18 team so we think that his numbers will improve And, of course, he's got a great pedigree. His hockey smarts and instincts are all there and his effort is is always there." – Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• MacInnis is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis, a Stanley Cup champion and seven-time All-Star who spent 23 seasons in the NHL with St. Louis and Calgary. Al was a member of the Kitchener Rangers (1980-83) prior to his NHL career.
• MacInnis was asked if his shot measures up to his father’s famous cannon. Al won the Hardest Shot a record seven times at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition: “No, not even close. We'll go outside a lot whenever I'm home in St. Louis and we'll shoot a lot. He'll just feed me one timers and he'll teach me about the art of shooting."