Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis – Draft Eligible Prospects with NHL Bloodline’s

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Luke McInnis #5 of Team Plante controls the puck against Team Roenick during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 24, 2015 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Team Plante defeated Team Roenick 6-4. (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Luke McInnis #5 of Team Plante controls the puck against Team Roenick during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on September 24, 2015 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Team Plante defeated Team Roenick 6-4. (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images) /

Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis – Prospects with NHL Bloodline’s

Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis is number seven on our list in a series dedicated to draft-eligible prospects with current or past family ties to the NHL. Luke is the son of former NHLer Marty McInnis, drafted 163rd overall (8th round) by New York Islanders back in 1988. 

Matthew Tkachuk, Jakob Chychrun, Alex Nylander, Kieffer Bellows, and Logan Brown are the first names to come to mind for 2016 draft-eligible prospects with current/or former NHL bloodline’s.

Both Keith Tkachuk and Michael Nylander had long, successful careers. Brian Bellows played nearly 1200 games, producing more than 1000 points. Jeff Brown also had a solid career posting 585 points in 747 points from the back-end. Jeff Chychrun was a 1984 draft pick, a veteran of 262 games playing until 1993-94, finishing his career with AHL Cape Breton.

We are featuring 15 draft-eligible prospects with NHL bloodline’s/family ties. The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 24-25 in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagara Center.

NHL Bloodline’s: Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis

Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis
Father: Marty McInnis

Drafted out of Milton Academy (Massachusetts) in 1988, Marty spent the next three years at Boston College. He accumulated 142 points over 118 games of college hockey between 1988-89 to 1990-91. He also went on to win a National Championship with Boston College in 1989-90.

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Marty McInnis opted to keep his amateur status in order to join the U.S. National team in 1991-92. He produced 34 points in 53 International games leading up to the 1992 Winter Olympic games in Albertville, France. Appearing for Team USA on the biggest stage, McInnis tallied seven points in eight games. Post-Olympics, Marty made his NHL debut, posting eight points in 15 games for New York.

He spent most of the 1992-93 season with the Islanders, but spent a 10-game stint down with AHL Capital District, tallying 16 points in 10 games. Marty also put up 30 points in 56 games with New York, including one helper in three playoff appearances.

Marty McInnis spent the next three full seasons with the Islanders. In 1993-94, he posted a single season career-high of 56 points. Injuries derailed his 1994-95 season, tallying 16 points in 41 games. He bounced back in 1995-96, producing 46 points. Marty suited up for Team USA at the World Championships in 1996, adding two assists in seven games.

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  • After posting 42 points in 70 games in 1996-97, Marty McInnis was the centerpiece of an Islanders trade deadline deal to acquire Robert Reichel. McInnis scored three goals, adding four assists (seven points) in 10 games down the stretch with Calgary. On another non-playoff team, Marty re-joined Team USA for the World Championships in 1997, producing four points in eight games.

    In a full year with the Flames in 1997-98, Marty McInnis posted 44 points in 75 games. Two points, and six games into the 1998-99 season, Marty was traded two times in the same day. First to Chicago, and later flipped to Anaheim. He added 52 more points in 75 games with Anaheim, marking his second highest single season point total of his NHL career.

    Missing some time in 1990-00, McInnis posted 28 points in 62 games. He bounced back in 2000-01, tallying 42 points in 75 games – this would be the third, and last time he scored 20 or more goals in a season. He appeared in 60 games for Anaheim in 2001-02, tallying 23 points in 60 games, before being traded to Boston in March. Marty put up five points in 19 games down the stretch, also tallying a helper in six playoff contests.

    Playing in his final NHL season in 2002-03, Marty McInnis produced 19 points in 77 games with the Boston Bruins. He also scored one goal in six playoff games.

    Marty scored 170 goals, 250 assists (420 points) in 796 games over his 12-year NHL career. Never known as an all-star, McInnis was one of those great secondary pieces from the 1990s – an unsung hero. He quietly put together a very successful career.

    Marty McInnis took a volunteer job as Assistant Coach with Boston College back in 2013-14, and was hired on the next season, where he has been ever since.

    Marty Facts:

    – He won a bronze medal at the 1996 World Championships.
    – Inductee of Boston College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
    – Marty retired from the NHL at 33-years-old.
    – After being traded twice in one day, Marty replaced an injured Teemu Selanne on Anaheim’s top line – which helped him put up his second highest single season point total.

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    Standing 5’11 (same height as Marty) 174lbs, Luke displays an identical physical stature to his father. Unfortunately, Marty was known for being a tad undersized as a forward (perhaps not by today’s standards though). Luke is on the smaller side for prototypical NHL blueliners, but can bridge the gap by adding some weight.

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  • Luke spent 2014-15 between Dexter High School, Cape Cod Whalers Midget U18 team, and the USA’s U16 Select and U17 squad. He posted 38 points in 30 games with Dexter. In 14 appearances with Cape Cod, McInnis tallied 13 points. He only appeared in four games for the U17 team, posting two points. Luke also appeared in five games for Team Columbia at the U16 Selects, producing seven points in five games.

    Drafted by USHL Youngstown and QMJHL Moncton in 2014, Luke McInnis opted to stay south of the border for the 2015-16 season. Luke also played for USA’s Team Gold at the U17 Selects this season, tallying two helpers in five games. He’s committed to play under his father at Boston College in 2017-18, but so far it’s unclear what his plans are for next season (2016-17).

    Luke was named Player of the Game at the All-American Prospects Game in late 2015 after posting a goal, and an assist in the third period. HFBoard users are quick to point out that McInnis played a terrible game defensively, and was given the honor more out of necessity for his final period effort.

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    The video below is a post-game interview from Luke McInnis’ Player of the Game honors in late 2015 at the All-American Prospects game.

    Jeff Cox via SBCollegeHockey,
    *analysis following U16 selects tournament in 2014-15

    “This was by far the most impressed I’ve been with him. I had seen him during the high school season and thought he was a good player, but not this good. He is a terrific skater, always has his head up looking for an outlet pass. He makes smart plays and doesn’t try to do too much. He’s a good power play QB who needs to be a little more consistently strong in his own end.” 

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    2016 Draft-Eligible Prospects With NHL Bloodline’s:
    *NHL family ties in parentheses

    | Ty Ronning (Cliff) | Riley Stillman (Cory) | Graham McPhee (George) | Kenny Johnson (Jack) | Casey Fitzgerald (Tom) | Mathieu Sevigny (Pierre) | Luke McInnis (Marty) | Hudson Elynuik (Pat) | Ben Hawerchuk (Dale) | Hayden Verbeek (Pat) | Garrett Pilon (Rich) | Kelly and Kevin Klima (Petr) | David Quenneville (John, Joel) | Fredrik Forsberg (Filip) | Kristian Reichel (Robert)

    In 2015-16, Youngstown Phantoms D Luke McInnis has four goals, 18 assists (22 points) in 46 games so far.