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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 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. Oct 9 - 10:05 AM
Source: Denver Post

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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

Nathan MacKinnon is projected to begin the World Championship on the same line as Sidney Crosby.

The Nova Scotians will skate alongside Jason Spezza. Canada will kick off the tournament on Friday morning against Latvia. MacKinnon's 2014-15 campaign with Colorado came to an end in early March because of a fractured foot.
May 1 - 9:58 AM

Nathan MacKinnon, who hasn't played since March 4 due to a foot injury, is on Team Canada's roster for the 2015 World Championship.

This will provide MacKinnon with a little extra experience and give him an opportunity to go into the summer on a positive note. He had a rough sophomore season, scoring just 14 goals and 38 points in 64 contests.
Apr 14 - 5:23 PM

The reason why Nathan MacKinnon has not been placed on the injured reserve in fantasy leagues is because he is still listed on the Avs' active roster.

Colorado already has six players listed on the injured reserve, so fantasy owners in dynasty leagues will have to persevere with the young star on their rosters until the Avalanche have space to put him on the reserve. MacKinnon is expected to be out until at least mid-April (the remainder of the season) with a broken foot.
Mar 19 - 11:48 PM

Nathan MacKinnon is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a fractured foot.

There's only five weeks left in the regular season, so it seems safe to drop MacKinnon in standard fantasy leagues. With 14 goals and 38 points in 64 contests, it's fair to say that MacKinnon's sophomore season didn't go as planned, but he's certainly not the first player to take a step back in his second season. We'll be looking for him to bounce back in 2015-16.
Mar 6 - 11:43 AM

Nathan MacKinnon was back on the top line during Tuesday's practice.

He rejoined Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog after he was demoted to the third and fourth lines on Sunday. MacKinnon was also benched last Friday versus Dallas. We'll see if he got the message when Colorado plays Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 4 - 12:34 PM

Nathan MacKinnon appears to have broken his nose in Saturday's loss to Minnesota.

The injury occurred after he was laid out by Wild forward Sean Bergenheim. MacKinnon didn't miss much time in the game. He put on a full cage shield on his helmet and was right back out there in no time. The sophomore forward is having a down year and he has found himself in Patrick Roy's doghouse of late. MacKinnon skated on the third and fourth line during the game.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 1 - 10:55 AM

Nathan MacKinnon will be dropped to fourth line on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.

MacKinnon played just 1:48 in the third period on Friday night, and didn't participate in the shootout either. He'll line up to the right of Paul Carey and Marc-Andre Cliche. MacKinnon has just 13 goals and 37 points through 61 games this season.
Feb 28 - 7:04 PM

Nathan MacKinnon was benched for much of the third period in Friday night's 5-4 shootout win over Dallas.

He played only 1:48 in the third frame and did not participate in the shootout after getting no shots on goal in the first two periods. Colorado coach Patrick Roy indicated that MacKinnon would play on the team's third line Saturday night against Minnesota. Tough love!
Source: Denver Post
Feb 28 - 12:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4John Mitchell
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Alex Tanguay
3Blake Comeau
4Cody McLeod
5Jack Skille
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Mikko Rantanen
4Jesse Winchester
5Borna Rendulic
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Nikita Zadorov
5Brandon Gormley
6Brad Stuart
7Nick Holden
8Nate Guenin
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra