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Regarded as one of having the most deadliest slap shots in NHL history, Al MacInnis, knowledge of how to shoot a puck would benefit any modern-day defenseman.
His shot still is talked about. On January 17, 1984, MacInnis shot a puck at goaltender against St. Louis goaltender, Mike Liut, and it split his mask. After that, the NHL never looked the same at him again. He has been clocked at shooting the puck at over 100 mph.
What many people do not know about MacInnis is that early on in his career he struggling skating. The team that drafted him, the Calgary Flames, did not give up on him. He was greatful for that, and as a result, he became the great player we all know today.
This is the reason why he would become a great coach. He could make poor skaters into great ones. Plus, his resume stands out. He was on the Olympic Team that helped Canada win its first gold medal in over 50 years. He was one of the few defenseman to have over 100 points in a season, and he was regarded as a great set up man. He knew how to pass.
Any team would be lucky to even have MacInnis today, and other teams should take advantage of him before its too late.