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Nathan MacKinnon | Winger

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Nathan MacKinnon netted a goal for the Avalanche in their 7-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.
On a team that is not very good, MacKinnon shines bright on most nights. He has nine goals and 21 points this season. MacKinnon is 17 points off his high from last season, which was his second in the league. Andreas Martinsen and Cody McLeod (12 penalty minutes) picked up the other goals. Francois Beauchemin had a minutes-three rating. Nov 21 - 10:36 PM

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Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals and registered an assist in a 6-1 victory Saturday night.

Mikhail Grigorenko and Matt Duchene each finished the contest with a goal and two assists. Blake Comeau netted a shorthanded marker at 12:55 of the second period. John Mitchell chipped in his fifth goal of the season to pad the Avalanche's lead late in the third.
Nov 14 - 11:07 PM

Nathan MacKinnon made a dazzling individual effort to put the Avalanche up 1-0, unfortunately they'd fall to the Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

After blistering his way deep into the Rangers' zone, MacKinnon, while facing the half wall, stuttered, spun, and burst around Dan Girardi and beat Henrik Lundqvist with a snipe. Go find a highlight. MacKinnon now has points in four of his last five games, and has six goals and 15 points in 14 games.
Nov 6 - 11:51 PM

Nathan MacKinnon posted the game-winning goal and had two assists in Colorado's 6-3 victory against Calgary on Tuesday night.

He has produced three goals and four assists in his last six contests to tie him for eighth in NHL scoring with 13 points in 12 matches.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 4 - 11:29 AM

Nathan MacKinnon pitched in the game winning goal and an assist in Colorado's 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Both of Colorado's goals came courtesy of the MacKinnon-Iginla-Tanguay line, and MacKinnon looks to have shaken off his sophomore slump he experienced last season. Through nine games, the 20-year-old has four goals and nine points.
Oct 29 - 11:07 PM

Nathan MacKinnon knows he has to make improvements defensively.

"If I'm going to be a first-line center, I definitely need to be better defensively, especially in the third period," said MacKinnon after Saturday night's 4-3 loss to Columbus. We definitely need to close out games. Against Carolina, our offense wasn't there. Tonight it was. Tonight it was a little bit opposite. We gave up (36) shots tonight, so it's definitely tough." MacKinnon had a power-play goal and seven shots in the match.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 26 - 11:48 AM

Nathan MacKinnon scored in Colorado's 4-3 loss to Columbus.

His goal late in the second period gave Colorado a 3-2 lead, but they would squander it in the final frame. The 20-year-old has three goals and seven points in seven games this season. Jarome Iginla and Francois Beauchemin picked up the assists on the goal.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 25 - 10:38 AM

Nathan MacKinnon's opening minute strike was all the Avalanche needed to topple the Ducks on Friday night.

MacKinnon got some help, though. Reto Berra stopped all 35 pucks sent his way, and the Avalanche prevailed 3-0. MacKinnon meanwhile now has a pair of goals and six points through four games. The kid's just might be alright after all.
Oct 17 - 1:32 AM

Nathan MacKinnon earned two assists in Thursday's opener against Minnesota.

He had the primary helper on a power-play goal by Jarome Iginla and the secondary assist on a goal by Gabriel Landeskog. Both of his points came in the first period to help Colorado build a 3-0 lead, but the Avalanche ended up blowing a 4-1 third-period lead en route to a 5-4 defeat.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 9 - 10:05 AM

Coach Patrick Roy plans to use Nathan MacKinnon as his third-line center.

Colorado is expected to give natural right wingers Jack Skille and Mikko Rantanen roster spots, so MacKinnon will get another look in the middle. He has spent most of his time on the wing since joining the NHL. Don't panic until we see who he is playing with and what his role on the power play is.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 1 - 11:21 AM

Nathan MacKinnon says he wants to be more aggressive by taking the puck to the net more often.

MacKinnon is effective when he drives to the net but often times he opts to slam on the breaks and look for a teammate who's trailing into the play. "That was just a habit, I think. There's times to pull up and times to drive, and obviously I didn't drive enough. I know that," said MacKinnon. "But you have to make a decision pretty quick out there and sometimes you're not going to make the best decision. I can drive more, for sure, and I need to get deeper when I do pull up — it needs to be closer to the goal line. I have to at least try to get to the net, and if I can't, I'll pull up. But for sure, this year I'm going to try to be more aggressive." Look for the former Calder Trophy winner to have a huge bounce-back season after a tough sophomore campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 27 - 10:37 AM

Nathan MacKinnon is motivated to bounce back from a disappointing sophomore season.

"I'm going to start this season with a little chip on my shoulder, for sure," he said. "I'm glad I'm going through this. It will help me grow up and improve my career as a hockey player, as well." MacKinnon had 24 goals and 63 points during his rookie season, but he fell to 14 markers and 38 points in 64 contests last year. The 20-year-old forward is expected to rebound in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 11:12 AM

Nathan MacKinnon seemed to form some chemistry with linemates Alex Tanguay and Igor Grigorenko in Colorado's first practice Friday.

Avs' coach Patrick Roy indicated in the past that MacKinnon will play between Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg this season. However, it is early and Roy could certainly change his mind based on what he sees on the ice. Needless to say if Roy keeps this line from Friday intact, it would be a boost to Grigorenko's fantasy value.
Sep 19 - 11:16 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has assisted Sidney Crosby in hosting the first Sidney Crosby Hockey School in their hometown, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

After winning the gold medal in the 2015 IIHF World Championships in May, both MacKinnon and Crosby have donated their winning checks to the young hockey organization in Cole Harbour. The two players teamed up to host the camp this past week for the first time and hope it continues for future years. Roughly 160 players attended the Crosby camp, who were between the ages 8 and 12 years old. After a somewhat disappointing sophomore season where MacKinnon scored just 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games played, the former Calder Trophy winner will look to bounce back in a big way in the 2015-2016 season. He’ll be just 20-years old for the upcoming season so we expect him to produce at his rookie levels where he scored 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games played.
Aug 8 - 2:22 PM

Nathan MacKinnon had a strong first game for Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Prague.

Playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Jason Spezza, MacKinnon scored a goal and registered two assists in Canada's 6-1 win over Latvia. In fact, all Team Canada Colorado players had strong games. Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly each registered a point in the victory. We are expecting a big rebound season from MacKinnon after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
May 2 - 11:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3John Mitchell
4Mikhail Grigorenko
5Ben Street
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Jack Skille
4Dennis Everberg
5Chris Wagner
6Jesse Winchester
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Brandon Gormley
7Nate Guenin
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra