Posted July 01, 2013 on AP on Fox
Top draft pick Nathan MacKinnon has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Executive vice president Joe Sakic hailed MacKinnon's signing, saying Tuesday that ''his presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team as well as a lot of excitement to our fans.'' MacKinnon was the first overall selection in the NHL draft last month. He's the first player selected first overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved from Quebec in 1995. MacKinnon led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and their first Memorial Cup championship. He was named MVP of the Memorial Cup after collecting a tournament-best 13 points in just four games. He was just the third 17-year-old drafted No. 1 overall in the last 26 years.

Now that the NHL Draft is over can the 17-year-old MacKinnon help the Colorado Avalanche win?

The Colorado Avalanche made the 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. At 17 we are left to wonder just how good this kid can be. He has a learning curve ahead of him heading into the NHL. His body still has some maturing to go through and the Avalanche don’t seem to mind that at all. They pick him with the first pick the draft and that in itself tells...

MacKinnon goes No. 1 in NHL draft

The Colorado Avalanche have selected center Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick of the NHL draft. Colorado executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic made the announcement Sunday at the Prudential Center. The 17-year-old MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound center, is a solid two-way presence with strong hands and stick-handling and skating skills. He is considered a natural...

Nathan MacKinnon Interview Transcript

(Via Getty Images) On Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche made center Nathan MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads the 1st overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. In 44 regular season games with Halifax, MacKinnon scored 32 goals and added 43 assists. The draft’s top player sat down with media after being selected, and you can read the transcript below. Thoughts on going...

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