Al MacInnis Takes home Skater of the Week

Al MacInnis is having one of the hottest starts to a season that an NFHL defenseman has had and he was recognized by the league on Wednesday.  MacInnis earned the Skater of the Week after recorded nine points through four games with a +8 rating. 


MacInnis currently sits tied for second in league scoring with Peter Stastny as they both sits with 23 points with the Winnipeg defenseman skating in one more game than Stastny.  Currently, MacInnis leads the league race for the Red Cross Trophy, which is won by the player who leads the league in assists.  MacInnis currently has 19 which sits four ahead of Stastny.  Kent Nilsson is the only Winnipeg Jets player to win the award previously when he did so back in 1980 when he finished with 80.  At the time, it was the second most in season, just one behind the all-time record.  He has since been bumped down to the fifth best.   


MacInnis also leads the league with a +19 plus/minus thus far this season, ahead of teammates Kirk Muller, Kevin McClelland and Vladimir Konstantinov.  The next closest non-teammate is Hartford’s Peter Andersson who sits at +13. 


The season is long and still has 70 games remaining in the season, but it is getting fun for Jets fans who have gone through a couple of seasons of re-tooling.