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Nathan MacKinnon | Center

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (19) / 9/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
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Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche were shut out by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins on Thursday night.
It was the Avs' sixth loss in their past seven games and second time they have been shutout in the past eight days. MacKinnon fired six shots on net in just under 21 minutes of ice time, but was on the ice as Blake Comeau gave the Pens a 1-0 victory in overtime. Although MacKinnon has been disappointing in his sophomore season, the entire team is under-performing and the 19-year-old's 19 points in 31 games is still decent for a teenager on a last place squad. Dec 18 - 9:56 PM

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Nathan MacKinnon fired seven shots on net, but like his teammates, he was blanked in a 3-0 loss to Nashville on Tuesday.

It was a one goal game until the final minutes where the Avs had to pull their goalie which led to two empty net goals. Colorado wasted a great performance from rookie netminder Calvin Pickard who made 33 saves in the loss. MacKinnon was by far the best Avalanche but was still a minus-2 on the night. Colorado has now dropped four straight games.
Dec 10 - 12:17 AM

Nate MacKinnon was benched for much of the third period in Friday's 6-2 loss to Winnipeg.

His line was on the ice for two quick five-on-five goals at the start of the third period and Avs' coach Patrick Roy had seen enough of MacKinnon and his inconsistent play. Last season's top rookie flashes brilliance at times but he is certainly going through some type of sophomore jinx. We expect MacKinnon to get his points but his rise to superstardom may be a ways off.
Dec 6 - 1:09 PM

Nathan MacKinnon recorded three assists in the Avalanche’s come-from-behind 4-3 win Saturday night against the Hurricanes.

The Avs were down 3-1 at the start of the second period. MacKinnon assisted on goals by Erik Johnson, Jarome Iginla and Zach Redmond, who had two. MacKinnon has been streaky in his second season, but with 16 points in 21 games, he has been very productive. He should again get in the 60-point range this season. Gabriel Landeskog chipped in with two assists and Iginla also recorded one.
Nov 23 - 1:08 AM

Nathan MacKinnon had a hand in both of Colorado's goals in their 3-2 loss to Washington.

MacKinnon helped set up both Daniel Briere and Tyson Barrie's goals in the game. The 19-year-old has produced respectable numbers for a 19-year-old but he is still behind last season's pace. He now has five goals and 13 points in 20 games this season.
Nov 20 - 11:38 PM

Nathan MacKinnon will continue to center Colorado's third line between Daniel Briere and Jamie McGinn.

Although MacKinnon is talented enough to generate his own offence, we still don't like this alignment from the star sophomore's point of view. He would be far better off he if played alongside one or two of Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly or Alex Tanguay.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 15 - 12:33 PM

Nathan MacKinnon will not be suspended for his hit from behind on Flyers' defenseman Luke Schenn.

MacKinnon sent Schenn into the boards awkwardly on Saturday. The Flyers defenseman is expected to miss two weeks with a shoulder injury. MacKinnon was given a five-minute boarding penalty on the play.
Nov 9 - 3:53 PM

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal in Colorado’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Sunday.

After going goalless in the first 10 games of the season, MacKinnon now has four goals in his last three games. Some second-year players struggle more than others, but there is reason to believe that MacKinnon has turned his season around. The 19-year-old now has nine points in 13 games this season.
Nov 2 - 10:42 PM

Nathan MacKinnon contributed to both Avalanche goals in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues on Saturday night.

He had a goal and an assist, with four shots on goal. Shame on you if you were down on MacKinnon after a quiet 10 games. Any chance of getting a deal on the young stud has long gone, as he’s now got three goals and four points in his last two games. Ryan O’Reilly also got a goal and a helper, with a minus-two rating. Erik Johnson picked up two assists.
Nov 2 - 12:11 AM

Nathan MacKinnon got off the schneid Thursday night, scoring his first two goals of the season in Colorado's 5-0 win over the Islanders.

MacKinnon scored Colorado's lone power play tally as well, and boy was it a beauty. Off a scramble in front of the Islanders net, Erik Johnson slipped him the puck and Mac calmly backed off the crease, stick-handled twice while waiting Johnson to stack the pads, and then popped the water bottle forehand far side. The kid's gonna be alright.
Oct 31 - 12:16 AM

The Avalanche are refusing to relate Nathan MacKinnon's slow start with the dreaded sophomore jinx.

"It will happen for him," coach Patrick Roy said. "It doesn't have to be the perfect goal. Just put pucks on net and good things happen." Matt Duchene called the jinx a "bunch of crap" and said MacKinnon's offensive will take off if the second-year forward "keeps skating and working hard." The 2014 Calder Trophy winner had some lengthy goal droughts last season as well and he's gone goalless in his first nine games this year. MacKinnn has four assists, 24 shots and a minus-6 rating, but we recommend staying patient with him. His talent should take over once he gets the monkey off his back.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 27 - 12:10 PM

The Avalanche have shuffled their forward lines for Saturday night's contest against Montreal.

Nathan MacKinnon will center a line featuring wingers Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene will skate between Jarome Iginla and Jamie McGinn and Willie Mitchell will play between Daniel Briere and Alex Tanguay. Winners in this alignment are Mitchell and McGinn. Losers are Briere and Tanguay.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 18 - 12:29 PM

Nathan MacKinnon turned in his first multi-point effort of the season Thursday night with two assists in Colorado's 5-3 loss to Ottawa.

MacKinnon has three points in five games so far, and was a force to be reckoned with on Thursday with seven shots on goal. MacKinnon set up goals for Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog.
Oct 17 - 12:26 AM

Nathan MacKinnon may enter the season as a right winger after coach Patrick Roy put Ryan O'Reilly back at center in Monday's practice.

MacKinnon didn't score a goal in the preseason, so Roy is hoping a move back to the wing will reignite some offense when the games matter. "I'm comfortable playing at right wing, obviously. Wherever I go, I've got good players to play with," he said. MacKinnon skated with O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog on Monday.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 8 - 10:06 AM

Coach Patrick Roy intends to play Nathan MacKinnon between Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay this seaason.

MacKinnon played center and the wing during his rookie campaign, but he looked more comfortable away from the middle. Still, that doesn't mean that he can't adjust to the position. The dynamic 19-year-old amassed 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season and he appears to be on the fast track to stardom in the NHL.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 9:07 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Nathan MacKinnon
3Daniel Briere
4John Mitchell
5Ben Street
6Marc-Andre Cliche
LW1Ryan O'Reilly
2Gabriel Landeskog
3Jamie McGinn
4Cody McLeod
RW1Jarome Iginla
2Alex Tanguay
3Jesse Winchester
4Patrick Bordeleau
5Dennis Everberg
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Jan Hejda
4Nick Holden
5Brad Stuart
6Nate Guenin
7Ryan Wilson
8Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra
3Calvin Pickard