In an earlier post on this site, we speculated about whether the Colorado Avalanche’s first overall pick in the 2013 entry draft would make the team right out of training camp as a young 18-year-old. Now, three games into the 2014 playoffs, not only has Nathan MacKinnon established himself as a leader with the Avalanche this season, he has now also emerged as a playoff scoring leader in his team’s first-round series against the Minnesota Wild.
MacKinnon was Colorado coach Patrick Roy’s first choice to draft #1 all along. Roy had coached against a 16-year-old MacKinnon and had seen him dominate games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League against NHL-bound players three years older. Now, in the NHL, MacKinnon has continued his explosive ways, scoring 63 points as a rookie.
The Avalanche have MacKinnon locked up for the next three years and are clearly expecting him to become a team and league leader.
Born: Halifax, Canada, 1995
Height/weight: 183 cm (6’0″) / 83 kg (182 lbs)
Previous team: Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL
drafted: 2013 by Colorado, 1st round (1st overall)