Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Draft Profile: Ryan MacInnis

Name: Ryan Macinnis

Position: Centre

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 185 lbs.

From: St. Louis, MO.

2013-14 Team: Kitchener Rangers (66 GP, 16 G, 21A)

Ryan MacInnis has a big name to live up to as son of former Norris winner and Hall of Famer Al MacInnis. Unlike his father, Ryan will be forging his legacy as a forward.

MacInnis’ size is one of his most attractive qualities, still growing and already 6-foot-4 he fits the mould of the checking line centre that many project him to become. With that said, he will certainly need to add to his 185 lb. frame as he transitions to playing with men.

“MacInnis has a tall, lanky build but has some good potential to add strength. His speed currently lacks burst but his skating does have some upside. He’s an instinctual player who uses solid positioning to remain in the offensive play…”     –Eliteprospects.com (August 2013)

NHL Central Scouting moved him up to no. 20 (from 33 in January) among North American skaters in their final draft rankings in March, meaning he’s likely to end up a late first/early second round pick. Though he’s projected to be a defensive centre there is some offensive upside to his game.

“A responsible, two-way centre 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, NHL Central Scouting.

His 37 points in 54 games with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers this year isn’t eye-popping, but on top of the playmaking ability Marr mentions he has deceptive shooting ability. With a very slow windup he likes to wait for a goalie to commit before finding an opening. If he can find a way to add the power his father was so renowned for his shot will be a force to be reckoned with.

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