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Nathan MacKinnon
Nathan MacKinnon
Center  - COL
Number: 29
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195
Shoots: Right
Born: Sep 1, 1995  (Age 18)
Birthplace: Halifax, NS, Canada
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Drafted: COL / 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (1st overall) PROSPECT BIO
2013-14 SEASON
Led all NHL rookies in points (63), goals (24-tied), assists (39), power-play goals (8), game-winning goals (5-tied), shots (241) and games played (82-tied)...Became the first NHL player to lead all rookies in goals, assists and points since Evgeni Malkin in 2006-07...Nathan’s 63 points equaled the most of any NHL rookie over the last five seasons, matching Jeff Skinner’s total from 2010-11...Only one rookie in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) has ever had more points, Paul Stastny (78) in 2006-07...Was one of only two Avs to appear in every game this year (Patrick Bordeleau) and one of only three NHL rookies to dress in all 82 contests (Tyler Johnson, Tom Wilson)...Led the Avalanche in shots, ranked second in assists (tied), plus/minus (+20) and PPG, and finished fourth in goals and points...Was first NHL rookie to surpass 60 points with plus/minus rating of +20 or better since 1992-93 (Joe Juneau, Eric Lindros, Shawn McEachern)...Made his NHL debut at the age of 18 years, 31 days on Oct. 2 vs. Anaheim, becoming the youngest player in franchise history...He was over 200 days younger than the previous record holder, Owen Nolan, who was 18 years, 235 days when he debuted for Quebec on Oct. 4, 1990 at Hartford...Notched two assists in that debut to become the youngest player to record two or more points in a game since January 8, 1944, when Ted Kennedy (18 years, 27 days) had four points (1g/3a) for the Maple Leafs in a 12-3 win over the Bruins in Toronto...Had an assist in each of his first three NHL games, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish that feat...Scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 12 at Washington, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to score a goal (18 years, 41 days)...Tallied his first career game-winning goal on Nov. 2 vs. Montreal...Equaled franchise rookie record with nine shots Nov. 12 at Carolina...Had back-to-back two-goal games, Jan. 4-6, becoming the youngest player in NHL history to record multiple goals in two straight games (18 years, 127 days)...Broke the previous mark set by Dale Hawerchuk (18 years, 204 days) from Oct. 23-25, 1981 with the Winnipeg Jets...Recorded his first career multi-goal game on Jan. 4 vs. San Jose, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to score two goals in a game (18 years, 125 days)...He broke the previous mark set by Ryan O’Reilly, who was 18 years, 272 days when he lit the lamp twice on Nov. 6, 2009 vs. Chicago...Led the team and all NHL rookies with nine goals in January, the second-most ever by an Avs rookie in a single month...Recorded a career-high three points (1g/2a) on Feb. 1 vs. Buffalo...Led all rookies and tied for the league lead with 10 points (5g/5a) in seven games during the month of February...Compiled a 13-game point streak from Jan. 25 to March 6, the longest streak by an 18-year-old in NHL history...He topped Wayne Gretzky’s record of 12 straight games with a point from Dec. 9, 1979 to Jan. 5, 1980...MacKinnon’s streak was the second-longest by a rookie over the past 20 seasons since 1993-94, behind only Paul Stastny’s record 20-game stretch in 2006-07...MacKinnon’s 13-gamer was tied for the third-longest streak by a rookie in franchise history...Hit the 50-point mark on March 4 at Chicago, becoming the fifth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 50 points (18 years, 184 days)...Only Bep Guidolin (18 years, 58 days), Ted Kennedy (18 years, 97 days), Sidney Crosby (18 years, 161 days) and Brian Bellows (18 years, 182 days) were younger.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS:
Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on April 17 in a first-round series with the Minnesota Wild...Tallied three assists in his debut, becoming the first NHL rookie ever to do so...Had a goal and three assists in the Avs' Game 2 win vs. the Wild, becoming the third 18-year-old in NHL history to record a four-point game in the postseason (Pierre Turgeon, 1988; Trevor Linden, 1989)...Was the fourth player in NHL history with three or more points in each of his first two career postseason games...Scored the OT winner in Game 5 for Colorado, becoming the second youngest player in NHL postseason history to score an overtime goal (18 years, 237 days)...Tied the NHL record for most points (seven) in the first two playoff games of a career.

CAREER
2012-13
: Helped lead the Halifax Mooseheads to their first-ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championship and first-ever Memorial Cup title…Was named MVP of the 2013 Memorial Cup after recording a tournament-high 13 points (7g/6a) in four games, which included a hat trick and five points in the final against Portland on May 26…During the 2012-13 regular season, MacKinnon collected 75 points (32g/43a) in 44 contests for Halifax, averaging 1.70 points-per-game…He finished tied for fourth on the Mooseheads in scoring and added a +40 plus/minus rating en route to being named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team…Went on to tally 33 points (11g/22a) in 17 playoff games as the Mooseheads won the league championship…Nathan’s 33 postseason points tied him for second in the QMJHL…Led Halifax in game-winning goals during the regular season (7-tie) and playoffs (4)…Represented Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia…Appeared in all six of Canada’s games at the tournament, posting one assist.

2011-12: As a rookie with Halifax in 2011-12, MacKinnon led the Mooseheads in goals (31), assists (47) and points (78) while appearing in 58 games…His 78 points finished second among QMJHL rookies…Led Halifax in playoff scoring as well, registering 28 points (13g/15a) in 17 postseason contests…Was selected first overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2011 QMJHL Draft before his rights were traded to Halifax.

OTHER: Helped his bantam team in Cole Harbour win the Atlantic AAA Championship in 2008…He then went on to play for Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota from 2009-11 before joining Halifax.

INTERNATIONAL
Represented Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia…Appeared in all six of Canada’s games at the tournament, posting one assist.

PERSONAL
MacKinnon was the first player to be selected first overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995…Was the fourth player in franchise history to be drafted first overall, joining Mats Sundin in 1989, Owen Nolan in 1990 and Eric Lindros in 1991…Was only the third 17-year old to be taken first overall in the last 26 drafts (since 1988), joining Sidney Crosby in 2005 and Joe Thornton in 1997…Was the first Halifax Mooseheads player to ever be selected first overall…Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacKinnon grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, the same hometown as Crosby.
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