Nathan MacKinnon – profile


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)
Position: centre
Previous team: Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL
drafted: 2013 by Colorado, 1st round (1st overall)

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