Nathan MacKinnon RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nathan MacKinnon, 19, "starting to find it" on right wing for Avs

    Denver Post "In his Calder Trophy-winning first season with the Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon dramatically improved his scoring after Christmas. He scored nine goals in January 2014 after scoring three goals in his last four games of December. That production guided him into consideration for being the rookie..." January 08

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    No hearing or anything else has been scheduled so far regarding MacKinnon's hit on Schenn. Could still happen, but seems unlikely

  • Experts expect greatness for young Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon

    Denver Post "When Nathan MacKinnon was 15 years old — which was only 3½ years ago — ESPN The Magazine came out with the following story: "Nate The Kid — For Nathan MacKinnon, the next Sidney Crosby talk is only the beginning." A buzz cut-, jeans-wearing, white-sneakered kid posed stiffly for the cover photo..." October 08

  • MacKinnon needs to choose his shots better "Every season we tune in to endless streams of scouting, draft and prospect coverage and hype, gleefully anticipating the “next one”. The NHL and the surrounding media attention builds up teens into idols before they skate in an NHL game. All of this despite the fact that projecting prospect..." September 19

  • Nathan MacKinnon wants to be 'dominant' after spending summer training with Sidney Crosby

    Yahoo! Sports "In the gym and on the ice, the kid would let The Kid go first. Nathan MacKinnon would watch Sidney Crosby start whatever exercise or drill they were doing. He would study his technique. He would study his intensity. And then he would try to match them. But on the hill, it was a race to the..." September 11

  • Look out: MacKinnon described as stronger, more explosive

    Pro Hockey Talk "Unlike many other rookies, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon seemed physically ready for the big-time in 2013-14. At minimum, he boasted top-of-the-line speed, something that Patrick Roy raved about before he played a single shift. Considering how strong a finish MacKinnon enjoyed..." September 04

  • Jarome Iginla "thrilled" on idea to play with Avs Landeskog, MacKinnon

    Denver Post "In his first public comments since moving to Colorado following his July 1 free-agent signing with the Avalanche, Jarome Iginla's eyes brightened Thursday when asked about playing right wing on a line with two of the last three Calder Trophy winners. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog was named the..." August 22

  • Core Values: Avs brimming with youth led by Duchene, MacKinnon "In the salary cap era, where NHL teams have to be efficient with their money, it's important for each club to have a core group of players who set the foundation on which to build the rest of the team. This group often includes the players who consume the bulk of a team's cap space, while also..." August 12

  • Nathan MacKinnon named NHL's top rookie by landslide

    SB Nation "Nathan MacKinnon deserved the Calder Trophy, and the 2014 NHL Awards show gave him sweet justice. The Colorado Avalanche rookie scored 10 points in seven playoff games, and that part wasn't even considered in the voting. The 18-year-old absolutely dominated the voting, crushing Ondrej Palat and..." June 25

  • MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson finalists for Calder Trophy "On Wednesday the NHL named the three finalists for the Calder Trophy and two of them come from the same team. The Calder, which is given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," will be handed out to one of these three: Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado..." April 23

  • MacKinnon is tying/breaking records with hot start

    Pro Hockey Talk "Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has participated in just two playoff games, but he’s already redefining what an 18-year-old is capable of doing in this league. He led Colorado to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota last night by becoming the third player in NHL history to post a four-point..." April 20

  • Nathan MacKinnon leads Avalanche past Wild for 2-0 series lead

    Denver Post "Nathan's famous. As NHL goalie Roberto Luongo tweeted Saturday night, Nathan MacKinnon is in "arcade mode" for the Avalanche. The Avs' 18-year old rookie was trending nationally on Twitter by the end of the second period of Game 2 of the Avs' first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Six..." April 20

  • Avalanche publicly tones down David Backes-Nathan MacKinnon incident

    Denver Post "Our online story from Tuesday’s morning skate at Rexall Place looks at Avalanche coach Patrick Roy going with Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Oilers and the status of injured forwards P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod. You don’t have to click there to know Roy is using the same lineup from..." April 09

  • Avs F Nathan MacKinnon's rookie campaign turning into special one "Had Nathan MacKinnon been born a mere 15 days later in September 1995, he would likely be playing in Halifax this year, tearing up the QMJHL for a third straight season, biding his time before his name could be called in the NHL Draft. Fifteen days later and Nathan MacKinnon would not have been..." March 22

  • MacKinnon breaks Gretzky Record "Nathan MacKinnon had the puck in the final minute of overtime and each of the four opposing skaters stood passively and stared at the phenom. The sensational rookie took full advantage of the attention, breaking one of Wayne Gretzky's records while helping his team win. Andre Benoit, all..." March 07

  • Nathan MacKinnon glad to be winging it for the Avs

    Denver Post "Is Nathan MacKinnon the lifelong center becoming comfortable as a full-time right winger? It sure seems so. Although he played center in some of the games, the Avalanche rookie and leading Calder Trophy candidate entered Friday night's home game against Phoenix on a nine-game points streak..." March 01

  • Avalanche's MacKinnon leads race for Calder "The number of precocious newcomers to the NHL seems to increase annually, and that's made handicapping the Calder Trophy race for 2013-14 more difficult than predicting exactas. But there's something about Nathan MacKinnon's makeup. Life in the League immediately became routine for the..." February 27

  • MacKinnon's transition a smooth one "By all accounts, the grating effects of an 82-game season should have taken a toll on Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon by now, running the 18-year-old ragged or at least temporarily dimming the bright spots of his game. But the novelty of playing in the NHL has yet to diminish for the..." February 06

  • Nathan MacKinnon the "total package" for Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon seems to want everything in a hurry. When he has the puck, it sometimes looks as if an egg timer is on his stick. He moves at warp speed, but as any great player will say: It was only when the game slowed down for them did they become great. Having just turned 18, MacKinnon can..." December 29

  • Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon playing well as highly regarded rookie

    Denver Post "Nashville defenseman Seth Jones fired the puck, and it ended up on the Avalanche bench, barely missing Nathan MacKinnon's head. Because the teenagers are friends — truly — MacKinnon could joke about it, even during the high-level emotionalism of Wednesday night's game at the Pepsi Center ... and a..." November 10

  • Nathan MacKinnon moved back to center; Matt Duchene doesn’t practice

    Denver Post "The news out of Avalanche practice Thursday: Ryan Wilson has a back injury and highly doubtful for Friday’s game with the Flames. He’ll be seen by Dr. Parker this afternoon and we might know more then. It’s just the latest in a string of injuries that have felled Wilson the last couple..." November 07

  • Nova Scotia natives Crosby, MacKinnon to square off for first time

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nova Scotia's favorite son will battle its newest star Monday at Consol Energy Center. Center Sidney Crosby the first pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft will battle Nathan MacKinnon the first pick in 2013. MacKinnon 18 grew up in Halifax Nova Scotia and lived 30 minutes from Crosby's hometown..." October 21

  • Avs' Nate MacKinnon looks like the real, super deal

    Denver Post "No hockey player makes the Hall of Fame in two NHL games. But believe this: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has superstar written all over him. Sure MacKinnon is barely 18 years old. There will be bad nights rough stretches and hard lessons. MacKinnon however is a game changer. He..." October 06

  • First overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon shines in NHL debut

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon sat next to Joe Sakic's old locker stall Wednesday morning worrying about leaning too far to the right. Barely a month past his 18th birthday MacKinnon didn't want to disturb the legacy of the Avalanche's former star and 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee who is now the club's..." October 03

  • Nathan MacKinnon ready for NHL career to begin with Avalanche

    Denver Post "His new nickname with the Avalanche is "Razor" but it still doesn't appear Nathan Mac Kinnon has need for one. As a junior player with the Halifax Mooseheads he usually went by the handle "Nate Dogg" partially in honor of one of his favorite rappers. That seems incongruent taking one look at the..." October 02

  • Nathan MacKinnon "back ready to go" for Avs; Stefan Elliott demoted

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon was back on skates Wednesday at the Pepsi Center a participant in a roughly 90-minute Avalanche practice before the team boarded a charter to Dallas to begin a two-game preseason road trip that will finish in that hockey capital of the world Las Vegas. MacKinnon is "100 percent..." September 26

  • Nathan MacKinnon completes first day of practice with Avalanche

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon bounded up the steps to the Avalanche's weight-training room after his first practice Sunday and gave one of those looks made by newcomers to Colorado that says "Man that altitude." He may have been doing that out of false modesty however. There was nothing about MacKinnon's..." September 09

  • Nathan MacKinnon’s new number: 29

    Denver Post "Well I guess Eric Messier won’t be getting his number retired and I guess Matt Hunwick didn’t want to give up No. 22. While I don’t know for sure about the latter Nathan MacKinnon will not wear his former number 22 – currently worn by Hunwick – with the Avalanche his rookie season. MacKinnon..." August 13

  • Nathan MacKinnon signs 3-year deal with Avalanche

    Denver Post "What did it feel like for a teenager to put pen to paper on a contract that will guarantee him millions of dollars the next three years? "It felt amazing, for sure," Nathan MacKinnon said by phone Tuesday. "I've dreamed about doing that for a while." MacKinnon is only 17, so "a while" is a..." July 10

  • Colorado looks to take Nathan MacKinnon as potential third-line centre

    Vancouver Province "Nathan MacKinnon called linemate Jonathan Drouin the most skilled player in the 2013 draft. Drouin called MacKinnon the most explosive skater whose complete game and compete level will allow the Halifax Mooseheads centre to transition into the NHL next season. That should be for Colorado, which..." June 28

  • MacKinnon appears to have all the tools

    Tampa Tribune "Nathan MacKinnon might be hockey's version of a five-tool player. Speed, skill, grit, vision and hockey sense. And when it comes to important games, MacKinnon raises his level of play, just as he did at this year's Memorial Cup tournament, where he was named MVP after helping Halifax to..." June 27

  • MacKinnon tops Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings "In an NHL season of wild momentum swings and dramatic finishes -- see Game 7 of Toronto-Boston and Game 6 of Chicago-Boston -- perhaps we shouldn't be surprised the race for No. 1 in the NHL draft has been a wild ride of its own, with a series of entertaining twists and turns. Halifax Moosehead..." June 26

  • Roy: Avs would draft MacKinnon "Last week, the Colorado Avalanche made it clear they weren't going to draft Seth Jones, the presumed choice, with the No. 1 overall pick. Now, according to new coach Patrick Roy, they have a clear order of preference among the top forwards. If the draft was today, he said, they'd select Halifax..." June 25

  • Roy says Avs like Nathan MacKinnon with 1st overall pick "Last week, the Colorado Avalanche made it clear they weren't going to draft Seth Jones, the presumed choice, with the No. 1 overall pick. Now, according to new coach Patrick Roy, they have a clear order of preference among the top forwards. If the draft was today, he said, they'd select Halifax..." June 24

  • Nathan MacKinnon a trophy Moosehead as potential No. 1 pick in draft

    Denver Post "He was born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, the hometown of Sidney Crosby. If he came from anywhere else, comparisons between 17-year-old prodigy Nathan MacKinnon and the Pittsburgh Penguins star still would be made. With the NHL draft a week away, there's a good chance MacKinnon goes No...." June 23

  • Avalanche to pass on Seth Jones to take forward, Joe Sakic says

    Denver Post "If the Avalanche keeps the top pick in the June 30 NHL draft, it won't take the formerly presumptive candidate, defenseman Seth Jones. After a week of internal meetings, Avalanche brass came to a conclusion: Jones won't be their pick. Instead, it could be any one of three forwards: Nathan..." June 19

  • Price is steep for top picks in NHL draft

    CBC Sports "So this is what we are learning about the upcoming NHL draft: If you want to move into the Top 4, prepare to give up your first-born child. The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche refuse to confirm it, but the source is excellent: Flames general manager Jay Feaster recently made a bold move,..." June 17

  • 2013 NHL Draft Prospects Final Big Board: Seth Jones is No. 1 "The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is now just weeks away. To get you ready for the draft, I've compiled a top 60 rankings compiled based on my personal viewings of each prospect, either in person or on video, and input from NHL and junior scouts. This was an incredibly difficult list to make based on..." June 14

  • Thanks to terrific trio, Avalanche facing difficult draft decision

    Denver Post "The first name called in the NHL entry draft June 30 in Newark, N.J., is certain to be one of three North American players: Seth Jones, Nath- an MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin. From a standpoint of need, Jones, unquestionably the top defenseman available, is the guy for the Avalanche, which has the..." June 07

  • Jones finishes in top spot in Craig Button's draft rankings "While Halifax Moosehead forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin grabbed the spotlight with their championship-winning performance at the Memorial Cup, TSN Scout Craig Button believes Seth Jones is still the best blue-chipper going into this month's NHL Draft. The Portland Winterhawks..." June 04

  • MacKinnon moves back ahead of Jones in ISS draft rankings "The performance of Halifax Mooseheads centre Nate MacKinnon at the Memorial Cup vaulted him into top spot in the International Scouting Services (ISS) NHL Draft Guide on Tuesday. MacKinnon traded places with Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones, whose team lost to the Mooseheads in..." May 28

  • Top Prospect Nathan MacKinnon takes spotlight in Memorial Cup finale

    Yahoo! Sports ""Nate the Great"? Sounds too cliché. "Nate the Skate"? Perhaps. The Great Nate Debate of 2013 is for more than a nickname, of course. The story of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup was all about the top prospects headlining the event. Nathan MacKinnon's name perhaps wasn't in the biggest type on..." May 27

  • Memorial Cup: Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones rivalry fun while it lasted

    Toronto Star "It won’t matter if they’re ready or if it’s the right thing to do. Both Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones will be in the NHL next season as 18-year-olds because that’s what happens pretty much every year now. The last No. 1 pick in the entry draft not to immediately play in the NHL was Erik..." May 26

  • Star defenseman Seth Jones obvious first pick by Avalanche

    Denver Post "The Memorial Cup championship game is Sunday night in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and, yes, there will be Avalanche scouts in attendance. And, almost certainly, new Avs coach Patrick Roy and every other member of the team's front office will at least be tuning in on TV. The top three prospects in..." May 26

  • Memorial Cup: Top prospects abound at exceptional tournament

    Toronto Star "In most years, scouts and hockey executives flock to the site of the Memorial Cup to observe players they’ve already drafted, rather than players they hope to draft. Veteran teams filled with 19- and 20-year-olds tend to win this tournament, after all, not those led by 17-year-old stars with..." May 22

  • Avalanche scout: No. 1 pick “open” for Avalanche

    Denver Post "So about Seth Jones being a lock to be the No. 1 pick on June 30 by the Avalanche… I talked with the team’s chief scout, Rick Pracey, today and he said reports of Jones being the prohibitive favorite to be the pick are extremely premature – and might be proven wrong. “The No. 1 spot, it’s..." May 21

  • MacKinnon steals show in battle with Portland, Jones "Nathan MacKinnon showed once again why he's the top offensive player available for the 2013 NHL Draft. The Halifax Mooseheads center, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for this year's draft, showcased his full offensive arsenal, scoring a second-period hat..." May 19

  • Mooseheads’ MacKinnon ready for Nathan vs. Seth showdown at Memorial Cup

    MetroNews Canada "As Saturday quickly approaches, Nathan MacKinnon needn’t be reminded about the escalating hype. All eyes will be on the Halifax Mooseheads’ blue-chipper and the Portland Winterhawks’ stud defenceman Seth Jones when the widely predicted No.1 and No.2 NHL draft picks clash at the Memorial Cup in..." May 14

  • With No. 3 draft pick, Lightning scouts eye top talent

    Tampa Tribune "Though the NHL entry draft is more than a month away, the Tampa Bay Lightning scouting staff will begin the process of finalizing its list of the top available players. This week, Lightning director of scouting Al Murray and director of amateur scouting Darryl Plandowski will meet with the..." May 07

  • 2013 top prospect MacKinnon used to Crosby comparisons "Nathan MacKinnon is the kind of hockey player who puts his hometown on the map, but as good as he is, MacKinnon's hometown is already spoken for. "Anybody that asked where he was from, all he had to say was Cole Harbour," MacKinnon's mother Kathy told TSN. "Everyone in the hockey community knew..." May 04