Fuel Performance Review: Johnny McInnis
Mid-season pickup quickly became leader on and off the iceJun 4, 2018
2017-18 FUEL PERFORMANCE REVIEW: JOHNNY MCINNIS
#19 | FORWARD | BOSTON, MASS.
2017-18 STATS: 64 GP, 20 G, 16 A, 36 PTS, 22 PIM, 5 PPG
(STATS WITH INDY: 57 GP, 18 G, 16 A, 34 PTS, 5 PPG)
Though he did not start the season in Indianapolis, foward Johnny McInnis ended up being a key piece of the Fuel's first playoff team in club history. Claimed off of waivers from the South Carolina Stingrays in late November, the winger finished fifth on the Indy roster with 18 goals, eclipsing the 35-point plateau for the third time in his four-year career.
A dependable two-way forward who was just as comfortable blocking shots as he was putting up points, McInnis quickly assumed a leadership role in the Fuel dressing room. After playing with a variety of linemates on the Fuel's third line, McInnis eventually was paired with Matt and Ryan Rupert, and the trio became a formidable energy line which caused a lot of trouble for opposing teams down the stretch and into the postseason.
One of the more consistent point producers in the Indy lineup, McInnis never went more than three games without a point all season. The Boston native found the scoresheet eight times in a nine game span from Jan. 13 to Feb. 2, tallying five goals and three assists over that span.
"Johnny is a heck of a room guy, first of all. The stuff he does on the ice just complements what his attitude is off the ice – he's a hard worker, he does all the little things, he plays the game the right way as far as playing a 200-foot game. He did everything we asked of him, and gave us 20 goals that we didn't have in our lineup at the start of the year." - Head Coach Bernie John