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Nathan MacKinnon | Center

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (19) / 9/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 182
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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

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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

Although he won the Calder Trophy, Nathan MacKinnon doesn't feel his rookie season was "as good a season as everybody's saying it was."

"I don't think I was playing with much confidence," MacKinnon said. "I was scared to make plays, scared to mess up. The switch kind of flipped after Christmas. I just figured I need to start playing my game." That being said, MacKinnon feels good about his chances of taking a step forward in 2014-15. It helps that he did some training with Sidney Crosby a bit over the summer and added 12 pounds of muscle. MacKinnon had 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 12 - 12:08 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has added about 12 pounds of muscle over the summer.

MacKinnon scored 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season en route to winning the Calder Trophy. It's not unusual for great players to struggle in their second NHL campaign, but we think he'll end up reaching the 60-point mark again.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 9 - 3:42 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has been receiving rave reviews at Andy O'Brien's summer camp in Vail.

He's looked bigger, stronger and more explosive, which was his goal during the off-season. The 2014 Calder Trophy winner is a superstar in the making and he'll be a key part of Colorado's offensive attack in 2014-15.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 4 - 4:31 PM

Center Nathan MacKinnon was awarded the Calder Trophy Tuesday, given to the NHL's top rookie.

This news hardly comes as a shock to the hockey world, as MacKinnon entered the night an overwhelming favorite to take home the hardware. With 63 points in his rookie campaign, the Colorado forward shone brighter than all other first-year players in 2013-14.
Jun 24 - 8:41 PM

It looks as if Nathan MacKinnon will take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie next week in Las Vegas.

The oddsmakers list MacKinnon as an overwhelming favorite at 1/16, while Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson (12/1) and Ondrej Palat (11/1) are not regarded as serious contenders. MacKinnon led all first-year players in NHL scoring with 63 points.
Jun 21 - 11:55 AM

Nathan MacKinnon registered an assist in Canada's 3-2 shootout loss to France at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Friday.

He set up Erik Gudbranson for Canada's second goal. MacKinnon is likely to take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2013-14 and will make an excellent mid-round selection in hockey pools next season.
May 10 - 11:54 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has been added to Canada's World Championship roster.

He will join Team Canada in Zurich on Monday where they will prepare to play in Minsk, Belarus later this week. The outstanding rookie generated 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games this past season. MacKinnon also posted 10 points in seven playoff matches.
Source: Denver Post
May 5 - 11:21 AM

Nathan MacKinnon finished Round 1 of the playoffs tied for the most points among all skaters even though Colorado didn't win their series against Minnesota.

Remarkably, he didn't get a point in four contests versus the Wild, including Games 6 and 7. The 18-year-old still has plenty to learn at the NHL level, but the talent and the drive is certainly there.
May 2 - 8:44 AM

Nathan MacKinnon says the Avalanche "have to play with a little more poise" on the road against Minnesota.

"We were rushing plays. Other than the crowd, everything's the same," said the 18-year-old rookie. "We have to get off to a better start, that's for sure." MacKinnon has turned heads during the playoffs with two goals and 10 points in five games. All of his scoring has been done at home, as the Wild have held him check in their own building. For the Avalanche to close out the series in Game 6 Monday night, MacKinnon will have to find a way to break through in Minnesota.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 28 - 11:52 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Nathan MacKinnon
3Daniel Briere
4John Mitchell
5Marc-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