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Nathan MacKinnon Will Miss 1-2 Weeks

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Nathan MacKinnon Suffered A Lower-Body Injury

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of Monday’s 3-1 loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Colorado was trailing 2-0 at the time of the injury and MacKinnon — who leads the team and is fourth in the NHL with 93 points — did not return. Avs coach Jared Bednar was among those who didn’t immediately know how MacKinnon was injured or the severity of it.

“He leaves the game, I’m concerned right away. I have no idea (of the severity),” Bednar said in his postgame press conference. “Honestly, I just went (into the coach’s room) and came out here. I know he wasn’t good enough to come back in the game tonight. So, yeah, there’s some concern.”

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The Scoring Machine Known As Nathan MacKinnon

from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post,

“I don’t think I’m gonna get 50,” MacKinnon, the Avalanche all-star, said quietly when the subject of the big 5-0 — Nimble Nate is on a pace for 51 — was broached.

“Nah. I don’t think I’m gonna get 50.

“I’m a disher. I’m a passer. I’ll get 70 assists but not 50 goals.”

Come again?

“I’m just joking,” MacKinnon continued, less than hour after scoring twice on the hapless Detroit Red Wings to help Colorado close the first half of the season with a 6-3 win. “I don’t know. We’ll see.

“I’ve got to get hot. I’ve only gotten 40 once, so I don’t know. I’m just trying to play my best every night, play at 100 percent and we’ll see what happens out there.”

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Tough To Match Up Against Nathan MacKinnon

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon on Wednesday had a team-high 29 shifts and logged 20:04 of ice time, tops among forwards, in a 3-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

He played on all four lines and had the game-winning assist on Mikko Rantanen‘s first goal. MacKinnon and Rantanen, both 2018-19 NHL All-Stars, usually play together but they didn’t begin that way against the Flyers, who must have thrown in the towel as far as matchups were concerned midway through the first period.

MacKinnon, the NHL’s third-leading scorer, is on pace to shatter his career-best 99-point season of 2018-19. He is the one player opponents try to shut down offensively. But that’s becoming harder these days because of his unpredictable presence — just the way Colorado coach Jared Bednar likes it.

“It makes it tough for a team to just check him with certain guys, or a certain D-pair,” Bednar said Thursday after an optional skate. “The flip side on our side is, when you spot Mac into a line and juggle things around a little bit, even it’s just for a shift or two, those other players are really excited to go out on the ice with him because they know he can help make them better and that they can be difference-makers in the game right then and there on that particular shift.”


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Nathan MacKinnon In The Spot Light

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Nathan MacKinnon’s first round brilliance against Calgary was dubbed by many as his “coming out party.”

Forgive MacKinnon for being unsure whether it’s a compliment or an insult.

“I don’t know, I was up for MVP last year, so I don’t feel like I’m just coming out,” shrugged MacKinnon, before breaking into a chuckle.

“Maybe you should just turn on some Avs games more, I don’t know.”

Granted, MacKinnon has been on the national radar since he was a junior star picked first overall in 2013.

A finalist for the Hart Trophy last year, he finished with 99 points this season and has long been one of the league’s fastest and most dominant players.

However, by taking centre stage in a nationally televised series in which his team advanced for the first time in over a decade, there’s certainly increased buzz about the 23-year-old centre.

“Maybe it is [a coming out party] for some people that don’t watch the Avs,” said the humble native of Cole Harbour, N.S. whose Avalanche face San Jose in Game 2 Sunday afternoon, down 1-0 in the series.


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Video- An Unhappy Nathan MacKinnon On The Colorado Bench Last Night

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Nathan MacKinnon was not a happy camper after his team gave up a late goal to the Flames, seemingly saying to his coach, “Do your job.”

I did try to find additional information on this without success.  The Denver Post did not have a reporter on scene, instead goind with an AP game story, the Avs website posted Jared Bedner post-game, he did not address it and the Calgary newspapers had nothing on the incident.

The Avs lost the game 5-3.


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Nathan MacKinnon Has More Of His Game To Give

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Four games into the season and Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon already has five goals. His third-period breakaway goal Thursday was poetry in motion.

The reigning Hart Trophy runner-up as NHL MVP, however, has more to give.

“I think I can dominate more than I am,” MacKinnon told me after his two-goal performance Thursday in a 6-1 victory against the Sabres at KeyBank Center.

MacKinnon is tied for third in NHL goal-scoring, trailing Toronto teammates John Tavares (six) and Auston Matthews (nine), who both have played one more game. Don’t be surprised if MacKinnon, a right-shooting center, finishes with more goals than Matthews or Taveres, both lefties.

MacKinnon, indeed, can do better. And he will.


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Nathan MacKinnon Is A Bargain For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Name the NHL’s five-best players and Nathan MacKinnon, based on — if nothing else — what he accomplished last season, makes the list. The electrifying Avalanche center had a 39-goal, 97-point season and finished second in Hart Trophy voting as the league’s MVP.

Name the NHL’s most underpaid superstars and MacKinnon, 23, is again among the top five. He has the 61st-highest cap hit in the league ($6.3 million), which means he is grossly underpaid based on market value.

MacKinnon will have the same cap hit — a player’s annual average based on lump sum and years — for this season and the next four, through 2022-23, which is a great deal for the Avs. In July 2016, he signed a seven-year contract worth $44.1 million. He made $5.75 million last season and will make $6.75 million this winter. He was thrilled at the time he signed the contract, and based on his poor 2016-17 season (16 goals and 53 points) he had no room to complain.


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Nathan MacKinnon Eyeing A Return To The Lineup

By Eric,

After missing 7 (soon to be 8) games with what's believed to be a shoulder injury, Nathan MacKinnon is eyeing a return to the Avalanche's lineup on Sunday against the Oilers. 

A Hart Trophy favorite before succumbing to injury, one wonders if Jared Bednar will reunite the electric trio of Rantanen-MacKinnon-Landeskog, one of the league's best lines pre-injury.

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Nathan MacKinnon Out 2-4 Weeks

Well, now the Avs have to play as a team even more.


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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Injured Last Night

via the CP at Sportsnet,

MacKinnon was hurt after taking a hit in the corner from Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler with about six minutes left in the second period.

The 22-year-old, whose helmet popped off as a result of the collision, skated slowly to the Colorado bench and appeared to be favouring his left shoulder.

MacKinnon was briefly attended to by a trainer before heading to the locker-room.

"I really don’t know a timeline. It’s upper-body," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. "I don’t know if it’s day-to-day or not. I’ll have to talk to the trainers. We’ll probably know more (Wednesday)."


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Nathan MacKinnon Continues To Lead The Colorado Avalanche

freom Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind a penalty-free effort through two periods and another outstanding play-making performance by center Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche rolled past the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

In a festive environment on the night before Thanksgiving Day, MacKinnon had three assists to extend his scoring spree to 20 points in 10 games and Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 11-8-1 overall. The Avs won just 13 times in 41 home games last season en route to a league-low 48 points. They have now scored three goals in every home game.

“I liked our game tonight. We had a really good start, good energy at the start. We were jumping,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I liked our disclipline and our decision making throughout the whole night and especially the third period. That was a real mature third period from our guys. Good decisions. No risky pucks in the middle of the ice.”


Mike Chambers has more on the Avs, like this..

Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the making. Just 22, the fifth-year NHL centerman is becoming the player we all thought he would become since he was selected No. 1 overall in 2013. He assisted on all three goals Wednesday and has now has amassed 20 points (14 assists) in his last 10 games and is averaging more than two points per-game on the season (25 points in 19 games).

Per the Avalanche, MacKinnon is the first Avs player to record 20 points in a span of 10 team games since Joe Sakic from March 20 to April 9, 2006 (7-13–20), and MacKinnon’s 17 points in November is tied for second in the league in scoring during the month and he’s pacing all skaters with 13 assists in that span. Being compared to Sakic is what we ultimately expected from young Great Nate.

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Takes A Stick To The Eye Area

MacKinnon is not out for the 2nd period and no update from the Avs.


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Videos- Hits From Last Night

via Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Herald...

with Versteeg gasping for air as he retreated to the visitors’ locker-room. “I thought it went pretty well until I got in that car accident there,” Versteeg said with a grin. “That’s definitely, I would say, up there with the hardest I’ve ever been hit. When you can’t breathe for a minute, it’s pretty scary.” For Brouwer, the scary part was the thought that Versteeg might be headed back to the injured list. “When you see you’re going to hit your own player, all you try to do is make it as soft as possible,” Brouwer said.



via Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The game got chippy late in the second period, leading to four combined power plays. Edmonton forward Matthew Benning delivered a low, neutral-zone hit that appeared to injure MacKinnon and teammate Joe Colborne confronted Benning, but Colborne was given the extra minor. 

Watch the hit below...

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Team North America Defeats Team Sweden 4-3 In OT

Nathan MacKinnon with the game winner.

Now Team North America must hope Finland defeats Russia tomorrow, which would allow them to reach the final four along with Canada, Sweden and Team Europe.  If Russia defeats Finland in any fashion, they are in the semi-finals.

MacKinnon OT goal...


added 6:42pm, Watch the ESPN call of the MacKinnon goal below...

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Afternoon Line- Nathan MacKinnon

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Colorado Avalanche Announce Seven-Year Extension For Nathan MacKinnon

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a seven-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

MacKinnon, 20, is entering his fourth NHL campaign in 2016-17.  He finished third on the Avalanche in scoring this past season with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 72 games.  The 6-foot, 195-pound center led the team in shots (245) and shared the club lead in game-winning goals (6).

“Signing Nathan to a long-term contract was a priority this offseason,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He is going to be a key part of our team for many years to come and it was important to secure his rights moving forward.”

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Joe Sakic On Tyson Barrie And Nathan MacKinnon

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

In an exclusive interview Thursday, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic swept away rumors that young defenseman Tyson Barrie will be traded and discussed a handful of other issues including Nathan MacKinnon’s pending contract extension and next week’s NHL draft in Buffalo....

“I’d like to do a long-term deal with Tyson. If that doesn’t work out, it’s expected he’ll go to arbitration,” Sakic said. “Either way, he’ll be here.”

Barrie was Colorado’s fifth-leading scorer last season with 49 points (13 goals) in 78 games. Among all NHL defensemen, he was 13th in scoring.

MacKinnon, 20, is also a restricted free agent, but coming off his three-year, entry-level contract. Sakic said the No. 1 selection in the 2013 draft will be signed by training camp in September but isn’t sure if it will be a long-term deal with unrestricted free agency at the end of it or a bridge deal taking him to another RFA situation.

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Two Key Players Will Miss The Next Two Games For The Colorado Avalanche

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Nathan MacKinnon Plans On A Bounce Back Year

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

In his debut NHL season, MacKinnon was a teen sensation. He scored 24 goals and added 39 assists as a rookie. While goalie Semyon Varla- mov was rock-solid between the pipes, MacKinnon was the X factor that made Colorado the league's most surprising team, claiming a division championship and earning a berth in the playoffs.

In his second NHL season, however, the teen spirit no longer was enough for Mac- Kinnon, and everything became work. He said for the first time in his young life, playing hockey was difficult. With the Avalanche sinking toward the bottom of the Western Conference standings and his confidence shaken, MacKinnon's scoring touch disappeared early in 2015, and for the first time, he dealt with the frustration of enduring a month-long drought without a goal.

"That's not fun," said MacKinnon, poking through the ashes of his sophomore slump. "I worked pretty hard in the summer to get ready. Then you don't have a good start and it just kind of carries over through the whole season. You get down on yourself."

These were the words MacKinnon had to keep repeating: "You're 19 in the NHL. It's not easy."

Hey, I was as guilty as anyone in expecting too much too soon. MacKinnon's talent is undeniable and obvious. He has the right stuff to uphold the grand Avalanche tradition of Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic. But actually doing it on the ice? It's way harder than it looks, and can be a heavier burden than most players are willing to admit.

"Being part of the Avs, it adds to the pressure. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of guys I looked up to, guys like Forsberg and Sakic and (Patrick) Roy," Matt Duchene said.


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Praising Nathan MacKinnon as the ‘Avalanche’s most important player’

ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.

With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.

Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.


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Nathan MacKinnon Out With A Broken Foot

via the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche announced this morning that forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot.

MacKinnon, 19, has yet to miss a game with the Avalanche since being drafted first-overall at the 2013 NHL Draft. He has 38 points (14 goals, 24 assists) through 64 games this season, including five goals in his last five games and nine points in his past 10 contests.

He scored his first NHL hat trick on Feb. 22 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Nathan MacKinnon Should Not Be Fighting

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

On his home ice, surrounded by thousands of Detroit fans that covered the Pepsi Center in a sea of red, young Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon dropped his gloves and fought for the franchise's lost glory.

Less than a minute after the opening faceoff, there was MacKinnon taking punches in the face from Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Ericsson had run MacKinnon roughshod into the boards, and the 19-year-old Colorado forward was not about to be bullied.

"It was in the heat of the moment, for sure," MacKinnon told me Thursday, admitting that he decided on fisticuffs to settle the dispute. "Right now, I don't feel like fighting anybody. But, it was a big game, and I asked him to fight. He said yes. It was fun."

MacKinnon did what hockey players do: He traded fists to prove his manhood. MacKinnon battled in the grand tradition of the blood feud between the Avalanche and Red Wings....

As the arena shook with an approving roar from a crowd with a lust for blood, here's what struck me: Is a teenager really the toughest man that Roy has got to stand up for team pride? And is MacKinnon really the best shot the Avalanche has of overcoming a wretched start to kick in the back door to the playoffs?

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Summarizing Cox and Friedman’s comments from Saturday’s ‘mini Hotstove’

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman had about 70 seconds' worth of time to issue their version of the Satellite Hotstove on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but they sped-talked their way through the following topics:

1. Cox says questions were surrounding Kaberle-Rangers participation in Kaberle's skate in Toronto today as the New Jersey Devils have had Scott Gomez around for over a month, but he can't travel with them on the road as he's not under contract/can't be paid;

Kaberle is allowed to travel with the team, per an NHL memo, for about 10 days before the team has to sign him or let him go, so the Rangers have to make their decision in another 7 days.

2. Friedman reports that while Taylor Hall remains on the IR with a sprained knee, Hall can at least skate early next week, though his timeline has not changed;

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Hit On Luke Schenn, Five For Boarding

Patrick Roy not happy.

note 8:05pm, Changed the headline, was not a game misconduct, only a major.


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The Fastest Player In The NHL

from the CP at the Calgary Herald,

Ask players around the league who’s the fastest skater in the NHL and the same handful of names come up: Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Blake Wheeler, Andrew Cogliano and Carl Hagelin.

Hall likes Grabner’s speed, but he brought up another name without hesitation.

“Nathan MacKinnon,” the Edmonton Oilers winger said. “When we played against him last year he took off at one point during the game and I’d never seen anything like that.”

MacKinnon, last year’s Calder Trophy winner as rookie of the year with 24 goals and 39 assists, might be the best combination of speed and skill hockey has seen since Pavel Bure.

Hall believes if he raced against MacKinnon and Grabner, something that could potentially happen at the All-Star skills competition in Columbus in January, that the 19-year-old budding Colorado Avalanche star would win.


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NHL Names All-Rookie Team

From the NHL:


NEW YORK (June 24, 2014) -- The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding season:

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Matheson discusses Ray Whitney’s future, Lecavalier as a buyout candidate and shares Bowman thoughts

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson discusses a wide range of topics over the course of three Hockey World articles, pondering the fate of 42-year-old Ray Whitney, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer...

“I’ll be 42 years old and there won’t be a lot of people banging down the doors,” he said.

If it’s not the right location, like a Western Conference team — his family plans on staying in the desert this winter, Whitney might retire. He’ll be in management someday, if he wants to dive it into as Todd Marchant has done in Anaheim, Calif., where he’s head of player development for the Ducks.

“It was not a great year … I’m not sure there are a whole lot of options out there,” Whitney admitted. “The legs are still there, but it’s nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you’re over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play. After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can’t deny that.”

Wondering whether the Flyers will buy out Vincent Lecavalier after signing him to a 5-year deal that's become a millstone...

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Avs Made The Right Choice With Nathan MacKinnon

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What sets MacKinnon apart from other teenagers trying to crack the NHL is that he has both the mind and the body to play the game at the highest level. So while the Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can be a creative force, and made it right away too, he still hasn’t thickened beyond that rail-thin frame.

MacKinnon is a solid physical mass, which is complemented by a lightning quick first-step and the creativity to make a smart play, rather than force things.

This is an oh-so-rare quality and it was probably most evident in the first game, a come-from-behind win over the Wild, when Roy had goalie Semyon Varlamov on the bench for a sixth attacker with about three minutes to go.

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added 11:27am, Below, from Coach's Corner last night, Don Cherry talked about MacKinnon too...

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Video- Nathan MacKKinnon With A 4 Point Night

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche had a four point night last night and now has 7 points (1-6-7) through 2 games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He is tied with teammate Paul Stastny (3-4-7) for the league lead in points.

Watch MacKinnon rack up the points last night...


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David Backes ‘jumps’ Nathan MacKinnon, and Patrick Roy is not amused

Patrick Roy was not happy after his Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday--during what was part of a much larger and nastier set of scraps between the two teams (as Puck Daddy's Jen Neale notes)...

Here's the hit in question--and, uh, Roy...Has a point?

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon With His First NHL Goal

He celebrates by slamming into the glass.

Video with replay...


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Patrick Roy makes his return to the NHL, has a tiff with Bruce Boudreau

Oh dear, it looks like Patrick Roy is indeed back in the NHL, and he had a wee tiff with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau at the end of the Colorado Avalanche's 6-1 win over Anaheim:

Why was he upset?

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Nathan MacKinnon Enjoying Life Right Now

Chris Simpson of Sportsnet talks with Nathan MacKinnon,


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Avalanche Sign Nathan MacKinnon

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "His presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team, as well as a lot of excitement to our fans."

MacKinnon, 17, was the first overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft on June 30 in Newark, N.J. He is the first player to be selected No.1 overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche/Nordiques franchise had drafted first overall on three previous occasions: 1989 (Mats Sundin), 1990 (Owen Nolan) and 1991 (Eric Lindros).

"The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step towards becoming a professional hockey player," MacKinnon said. "I am excited and thrilled to have been drafted by the Avalanche, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp."

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Nathan MacKinnon vs. Seth Jones

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Till they meet again.

That, of course, will likely be sometime in the next season when Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones are taking their freshman strides as the newly designated franchise players for their NHL teams.

Until then, MacKinnon definitely owns bragging rights in the intriguing rivalry between the two teenage stars after delivering a spectacular three-goal, two-assist performance to power the Halifax Mooseheads to the first Memorial Cup title in team history with an entertaining 6-4 triumph over the Portland Winterhawks.

After owning an entire tournament like that, do you still believe MacKinnon will go second after Jones in the NHL entry draft? Well, we’ll see if the Colorado Avalanche, should they hold on to the No. 1 pick, really want to pass on the talented 17-year-old centre from Cole Harbour, N.S.

For now, MacKinnon can say that in two head-to-head matchups against the talented Jones in this tournament, he left the highly-touted Texan in his dust.


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The Little Sid The Kid

from Oliver Moore of the Globe and Mail,

Nathan MacKinnon is getting more comfortable playing in the crush of traffic. But once off the ice, the pack of national media descending on a routine Canada Games practice is still a lot for a 15-year-old to deal with.

The hot young forward is the most-watched player on the Nova Scotia squad playing here. He’s probably the most-watched athlete in the whole Games. That’s what happens when you grow up in minutes from Sidney Crosby’s home in Cole Harbour, show great on-ice potential and then go off to shine at the same U.S. school Crosby attended.

In 50 games as an atom player, he totalled 200 points. Playing bantam AAA for two seasons, he put up 110 and then 145 points. At Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, he is second in scoring among the under-16s.

And there is growing speculation MacKinnon will be chosen first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.


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