Why Nathan MacKinnon Will Score 30 Goals for the Avalanche Next Season

  The Colorado Avalanche haven’t had a 30-goal scorer in many moons. In fact, no player has hit the 30-goal milestone while playing in burgundy and blue since Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk both broke the barrier in 2006-07. That season, Joe Sakic also reached 100 points, the last Avalanche player to hit triple digits in overall scoring. Scoring goals has gotten progressively harder...
Via BSN Denver
3 days ago  |  Discuss

For Avs, it all comes down to the core

The 2015-16 NHL season will be an interesting one for the Colorado Avalanche, to say the least. After a surprising playoff appearance in Patrick Roy’s first season as coach, followed by a disappointing sophomore season that saw Roy and 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon miss the playoffs, there’s really no telling what’s in store this year. With training camp less...
Via Mile High Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five NHL teams who should rebound in 2015-2016

Which teams made the best moves over the summer and should take a step forward in 2015-16? Whether through trade, free agency or the draft, the five teams below have improved their rosters over the summer and should see an improved record this season. Colorado Avalanche DENVER, CO – APRIL 19: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Minnesota Wild in Game...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Where you’ll find the top Avs prospects this season

With the 2015-16 NHL season just over two months away, it’s time to start lacing up those skates and preparing for another 82-game season that will hopefully extend into the postseason for the Colorado Avalanche. Before the NHL season starts, is reviewing all 30 teams in the league and identifying their top five prospects. Here, we offer our take on the five they’ve...
Via Mile High Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Crosby, MacKinnon hand Worlds checks to hometown

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon have been extremely generous with their time during their return home to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. On Wednesday, Crosby and MacKinnon were also generous with their wallets after they donated their shares from helping Canada win the 2015 IIHF World Championship to the young hockey organization...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: July 30, 2015

Here is what you’ve might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything else.  It’s more fun than combining Hulk Hogan and Paula Dean. Nightmare fuel. Just think about all the things they have in common:  Bleach blonde hair, love of butter/vitamins/America, and hating black people.  Both were also in the NWO.  Who knew. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS –...
Via The Pensblog
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Crosby, MacKinnon visit 7-year-old boy with leukemia

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon did their best to brighten the spirits of a 7-year-old boy who is battling leukemia.One day after surprising patrons at a Tim Horton's drive-thru window, the two natives of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, opted to pay a visit to Dartmouth to visit Bryan Carroll on Wednesday.Since Carroll spends most...
Via Fox Sports
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Crosby and MacKinnon take orders?

Imagine you're running late for your big upcoming meeting, but you have to get your coffee from your favorite coffee stop first. You head to the drive-thru, frantically gathering up the quarters in your cup holder. You order your latte, and as you pull up to the window.....Sidney Crosby hands you your drink.Both Crosby and Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon served some customers...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche Roundtable: Wild Weekend Recap

  With the NHL Draft completed, the dust begins to settle on one of the more chaotic 48-hour periods in recent NHL history. At the forefront of a large amount of that action was the Colorado Avalanche. Today, we’re going to touch on the Carl Soderberg acquisition, the Ryan O’Reilly trade, and the results of the NHL Draft. First question today is about Soderberg. With the team...
Via BSN Denver
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche select Mikko Rantanen with No. 10 pick

With the tenth pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche selected Mikko Rantanen a 6-foot-4 211-pound right wing from Nousiainen, Finland. Rantanen was rated the No. 1 European prospect by He is described as strong forward with very good playmaking abilities. He has very good speed and quickness for a big man and plays with authority. He’s difficult to...
Via Mile High Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft: Best/Worst Fits for Colorado Avalanche

  Today’s draft feature focuses on the players in this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft that would make the best and worst fits with the Avalanche organization. Keep in mind that these are not indictments or endorsements of prospects, just how they theoretically fit in the Avalanche organization. Best Fits Mikko Rantanen, RW, TPS Turku (Liiga) Cheryl says: Rantanen is exactly what...
Via BSN Denver
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs could pick Rantanen over Crouse at No. 10

The Avalanche drafted Matt Duchene in the first round in 2009 at No.3. Two years later in 2011,  Gabriel Landeskog went to Colorado in the first round at No. 2. Another two years later, in 2013, Nathan MacKinnon was the team’s first round pick at No. 1 overall. Two years have passed again. Do the Avs have another big name in store for 2015? There is something different this year...
Via Mile High Sports
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #1 Nathan MacKinnon

  After a month of going through the top young players, we’ve finally reached the conclusion. The ’25 Avalanche Under 25′ series has been a tremendous amount of fun to write and hopefully read. In case you’ve missed the final installments during the final countdown, be sure to check out #4 Ryan O’Reilly, #3 Gabriel Landeskog, and #2 Matt Duchene. At #1, the unanimous top...
Via BSN Denver
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: MacKinnons enjoy World Championships

The IIHF World Championships in Prague were a family affair for Nathan MacKinnon. Check out the picture he posted on Instagram following Team Canada’s gold medal-clinching win over Team Russia. Family and trophies are always good things. Prague is nice too, and this should help the young phenom get his mind off a disappointing season.
Via Fox Sports
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon and the Sophomore Slump

The fabled “sophomore slump” is one of those media-driven narratives I mentioned in this post. It’s a storyline people believe instinctively, based on small sample sized anecdotal evidence. “Nathan MacKinnon regressed in his second year,” people say, “so ALL second year players probably struggle.” The reasons cited for the slump are many: increased expectations, more...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon and the Sophomore Slump

The fabled “sophomore slump” is one of those media-driven narratives I mentioned in this post. It’s a storyline people believe instinctively, based on small sample sized anecdotal evidence. “Nathan MacKinnon regressed in his second year,” people say, “so ALL second year players probably struggle.” The reasons cited for the slump are many: increased expectations, more...
Via Bloguin Best
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Seguin, MacKinnon Score, Canada Leads 2-1

A goal in the final few seconds of the first period helped Canada take the 2-1 lead over Switzerland after a period of play. It didn’t even take a full minute for the Canadians to score the first goal of the game. After getting the puck into the Swiss zone, Jake Muzzin’s point shot made its way past Reto Berra, but not over the goal line. Fortunately for the Canadians, Tyler...
Via The Hockey House
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Overcome the Wild

It only took until the final meeting of the season, but it finally happened: the Colorado Avalanche were able to hand the Minnesota Wild a loss. After a very intense playoff series last April that went into overtime in Game Seven, the Avalanche were finally able to get over the hump of not only scoring against the Wild, but also handing them just their third regulation loss since...
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche dominant in Columbus

In the first game after losing Nathan MacKinnon for the season, the Colorado Avalanche throttled the Columbus Blue Jackets to the tune of 4-0. The Avalanche (29-25-11) came out of the gate scorching hot and scored three goals – two on the power play – in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Blue Jackets (27-34-4) were never able to recover on a night in which Semyon Varlamov...
Via Mile High Sports
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche F MacKinnon out 6-to-8 weeks with broken foot

DENVER -- Nathan MacKinnon recently broke his nose and still sped back to the ice. No way to do that with a fractured foot, though. The Colorado Avalanche will be without their fast-moving forward for at least six weeks after an MRI revealed the break, coach Patrick Roy confirmed Friday. More than likely, MacKinnon's season is finished. Unless, of course, the Avalanche rally over...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

MacKinnon likely done for season with fractured foot

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has a broken bone in his foot and will miss the next 6-8 weeks, the club announced on Friday morning. The injury effectively puts an end to a disappointing sophomore season for last year’s Calder Trophy winner – who had not previously missed a game in his NHL career. “He got a shot against Tampa and we had x-rays that were negative...
Via Mile High Sports
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche's MacKinnon out 6-to-8 weeks with broken foot

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche will be without Nathan MacKinnon for at least six weeks after the speedy forward broke his foot, the team announced Friday. The talented teenager could possibly return to the ice this season if the Avs make the playoffs. Colorado is currently outside of the Western Conference postseason picture. No further details were provided by the team. MacKinnon...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: MacKinnon’s year done

The frustrating season for the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon has taken on one more chapter, and unfortunately it will be the final chapter for him – and quite possibly the team as well. Terry Frei of the Denver Post broke the news this morning that Nathan MacKinnon will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot. Avs have announced Nathan MacKinnon has broken foot...
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche trade forward Maxime Talbot to Bruins

DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon may be looking for a couch to crash on the rest of the season after the Colorado Avalanche traded away his roommate and ride to the rink. The talented teenager has been living in the basement of forward Maxime Talbot, who was packaged with Paul Carey and sent to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline Monday. In return, Colorado received forward Jordan...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Bergenheim breaks Nathan MacKinnon’s nose

Nathan MacKinnon’s 2014-15 is the perfect example of a sophomore slump. In his second year in the NHL, MacKinnon is poised to fall well short of matching his offensive numbers from his rookie seasons. To make matters worse, MacKinnon was on the receiving end of a brutal check from Sean Bergenheim which left MacKinnon with a broken nose. There was no penalty on the play. As you...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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