Hlinka Gretzky Cup
A defensively-minded, mobile defenseman, MacKinnon was a positive presence on Canada’s blueline throughout the tournament. Physical abilities such as skating, physicality, and strength are excellent and allow him to succeed when the other team has the puck. His first passes in zone exits are generally accurate and timely. Makes very few mistakes with and without the puck but his puckhandling and puck control both need work to improve his ability to make plays with the puck. Generally, a complete non-factor offensively but won’t have to develop that area of his game with his other attributes. Opposing players notice him physically when he is on the ice. Skating is very proficient for a player of his defensive style– it’s enough to move around very well in the defensive zone. His physical and defensive characteristics will make him an NHL draft pick– how high depends on his percieved offensive abilities and upside.