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Nathan MacKinnon | Winger | #29

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (1) / COL
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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. Jun 26 - 9:04 AM
Source: Denver Post

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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

Nathan MacKinnon got a goal and an assist in the Avalanche’s 5-3 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

The goal ended a six-game streak without one. MacKinnon, with 20 goals and 47 points, has certainly had a productive season, especially for a 20-year-old. However, he hasn’t officially taken that next step since his rookie season, where he puts up a point per game. It will come, and it could be as soon as next season. Alex Tanguay and Tyson Barrie had the other goals.
Feb 27 - 11:42 PM

Nathan MacKinnon is ready to play Wednesday after missing Tuesday's practice because of an illness.

Coach Patrick Roy expected him to be available to dress against San Jose and that will be the case.
Feb 24 - 1:07 PM

Nathan MacKinnon missed practice Tuesday because of an illness.

It isn't considered to be serious, so he still could be available to play on Wednesday night. MacKinnon hasn't earned a point in the last five games.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 3:14 PM

Nathan MacKinnon contributed an assist in his 200th NHL game on Thursday night.

He had a helper on goal by Nick Holden in Colorado's 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas. MacKinnon has 143 points in his brief career, including 42 in 54 matches in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 5 - 9:19 AM

Expect Nathan MacKinnon to get a healthy salary bump starting next season.

MacKinnon is in the final year of his entry level contract, and he'll surely pass Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov's six-year, $35.4 million extension. The only way he won't make more than Barkov is if he decides to sign a short-term bridge contract. The Avs forward has been the most productive player in his draft class. He has 32 more assists in his career than Barkov and 51 more points. According to the Denver Post, MacKinnon's numbers make him a candidate for a long-term deal worth $7 million per year.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 31 - 10:40 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3John Mitchell
4Mikhail Grigorenko
5Ben Street
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Mikkel Boedker
3Shawn Matthias
4Cody McLeod
5Andreas Martinsen
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Jarome Iginla
3Blake Comeau
4Jack Skille
5Jesse Winchester
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Francois Beauchemin
4Eric Gelinas
5Nikita Zadorov
6Chris Bigras
7Andrew Bodnarchuk
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Calvin Pickard