To the surprise of no one, Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon was selected first overall by the Colorado Avalanche at today’s NHL Draft.
MacKinnon, considered to be the top forward in the draft, had been a target of the Avalanche for quite awhile now ever since VP of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy announced that the team would pass on defenseman Seth Jones to select “one of the three forwards”, with a leaning interest towards MacKinnon.
The 17-year-old MacKinnon is dynamic offensively while displaying a strong two-way game. He was the first player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to be selected with the top pick since Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic was taken first in 2005 (the two are also from the same town of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
The Florida Panthers took Russian center Aleksander Barkov with the second pick, followed by Jonthan Drouin, teammate of MacKinnon in Halifax, third overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jones, the former consensus top pick, slid to the Nashville Predators at fourth overall, joining perennial Norris Trophy candidate Shea Weber on the blueline.
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