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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 us they have a great deal of confidence in this kid. Coming from Canada,gives MacKinnon an edge. After all we all know how these Canadians are brought up with a love for hockey. The kid grew up playing hockey in the minor ice hockey system of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. When he was 12 & 13-years old, he had seasons of 110 and 145 points respectively. He is going to be great in the NHL if he can stay healthy. At only 17, you have to wonder if he will be a marked man. We know how some of these guys in the NHL like to intimidate players,especially younger guys like MacKinnon. Something tells me this kid is going to hold his own. Skating comes naturally to this kid and so does scoring. He is going to be a big impact for the Avalanche and that is why they took him with the first pick in the NHL Draft. They know he is a natural.
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The Colorado Avalanche have plenty to choose from with the first pick of a talent-rich NHL draft.
Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones. Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. They're all among the candidates to go first Sunday at the Prudential Center.
Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenseman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche...
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...
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...
The Colorado Avalanche own the top pick in the NHL draft and a whole lot of options.
Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones. Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. They are the top candidates to go first Sunday at the Prudential Center.
Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenseman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche are leaning toward...
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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...
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
On Sunday afternoon, The Wizard of Wah, Patrick Roy, returns to action for the Avs for the first time since retiring as a player 10 years ago.
Coach Roy will join with fellow Hall of Famer, former Stanley Cup teammate and Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic to make the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft and make...