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Nathan MacKinnon | Winger | #29

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (1) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Nathan MacKinnon picked up two assists in Monday's 4-3 OT win over Pittsburgh.
He had the primary helper on goals by Jarome Iginla (power play) and Gabriel Landeskog (game winner) in the contest. MacKinnon has one goal and three assists in two games this season for the Avalanche. Oct 18 - 11:45 AM
Source: Denver Post

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Nathan MacKinnon netted the game winner for Team North America in overtime to give the young stars a 4-3 victory over Sweden.

The goal was his second in three games at the World Cup of Hockey. Shayne Gostisbehere collected three helpers in the match, while Johnny Gaudreau generated a goal and an assist in the win. Auston Matthews and Vincent Trocheck also found the back of the net in the game.
Sep 21 - 6:11 PM

Nathan MacKinnon potted a pair of goals in Thursday's exhibition victory over Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.

Team North America carried the play for most of the match and recorded a 4-0 win. MacKinnon opened the scoring in the second with a power-play marker and he found the back of the net again in the third on a penalty shot. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Johnny Gaudreau had the other goals in the win.
Sep 9 - 8:55 AM

Nathan MacKinnon is happy that he won't have to worry about the business side of hockey for a while.

MacKinnon has plenty of job security after signing a seven-year, $44.1 million contract on Friday. "It's nice to have security," MacKinnon said. "I know Denver will be my home for the next seven seasons. Obviously, it weighs on you. I've been thinking about it for a long time. Last year, this year, this season, over the summer. So I'm just excited I can finish off my summer training, have a clear head and know where my home will be for the next seven seasons." MacKinnon added that he felt a bridge contract wouldn't have been in his best interests. In a way, both sides are taking a risk with this deal. MacKinnon has left something to be desired over the past two seasons and if he comes out strong in 2016-17 and 2017-18, then he could have probably gotten a massive contract at the end of a bridge deal. That $6.3 million annual cap hit could look very good to Colorado in the not too distant future.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 9 - 5:42 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has signed a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

MacKinnon was a restricted free agent after completing his three-year, entry-level contract. This contract will put his cap hit up to $6.3 million. That's in a way a tame cap hit for someone with his potential. However, he's been a mixed bag, making this signing a risk as it is. MacKinnon had an excellent rookie campaign with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he was reduced to 38 points in 64 games as a sophomore before bouncing back somewhat to 52 points in 72 games last season. Because of that inconsistency, there was speculation that he'd end up with a bridge contract rather than a long-term deal. Of course if he did bounce back and continued his development, he would be in line for a better contract than this after that bridge deal finished.
Jul 8 - 5:40 PM

Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I’m sure we’ll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan — long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 9:04 AM

It's not clear yet if the Avalanche are more likely to sign Nathan MacKinnon to a bridge contract or a long-term deal.

"Whatever the two parties decide," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "We had initial talks. Not much lately but I’m sure it’s going to heat up in the summer and I’m sure we’ll have it done by training camp." MacKinnon is coming off of his entry-level contract. He won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he hasn't lived up to expectations since, in part due to injury woes. For that reason it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a bridge contract.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 16 - 6:54 PM

Nathan MacKinnon missed his seventh consecutive game with a knee injury Sunday and he has not resumed skating yet.

This builds on the expectation that MacKinnon won't play again this season, as the Avalanche have only three games left. He sat out the last 18 games of the 2014-15 season with a broken foot, but was cleared to return in late April so he suited up for Canada at the World Championship. That could happen again if his knee doesn't require surgery.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 4 - 12:33 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (knee) may not play for the remainder of the regular season.

He hasn't skated since he sustained a knee injury at Calgary on Mar. 18 and he might be shut down for the rest of the year.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 1 - 9:41 AM

Nathan MacKinnon might test his injured knee by resuming skating on Wednesday.

Mackinnon has not been in the Avalanche lineup since March 18 with the injury. He is a key contributor to the Avs' scoring and is vital in their run for the playoffs. Mackinnon has 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games for Colorado this season.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 30 - 8:27 AM

Nathan MacKinnon (knee) will miss at least another pair of games.

MacKinnon will have missed five straight games once the next pair of missed games pass on Tuesday against St. Louis. Which means his next opportunity to play is Friday, April 1st. There is no timetable for his return, but one suspects it's at least partially connected to Colorado's playoff hopes.
Mar 27 - 3:21 PM

Nathan MacKinnon (knee) will sit out Colorado's next two games.

That means he will not be in the lineup on Thursday against Philadelphia and on Saturday versus Minnesota. MacKinnon will be re-evaluated after that.
Mar 22 - 2:26 PM

Nathan MacKinnon will be sidelined with a knee injury for Sunday's match with the Oilers.

"Sometime this week, he's going to meet with our team doctors," Coach Patrick Roy said. "From there, we'll have a better idea." The Avalanche don't play again until Thursday, and then again on Saturday of next week over the next seven days. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Mar 20 - 6:10 PM

Nathan MacKinnon had a full night during Friday's 4-3 shootout win over Calgary.

MacKinnon picked up his 31st assist and 52 point of the season while playing 20:32, but he also injured his knee. Coach Patrick Roy said that he'll be re-evaluated tomorrow (Saturday) though, so we'll wait with bated breath hoping for the best until then.
Mar 19 - 12:43 AM

Nathan MacKinnon scored his 21st goal which turned out to be the winner for the Avs in a 3-0 shutout of Anaheim on Wednesday.

The goal snapped a four game goal-less drought for the third year star. He has been a little up and down this season but overall his numbers are steady. That's 50 points in 69 games. Shawn Matthias and Andreas Martinson scored the other goals.
Mar 10 - 1:08 AM

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2Joe Colborne
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RW1Nathan MacKinnon
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