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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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