October 16, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
6. Nathan MacKinnon Is Past His Sophomore Slump
Why is nobody talking about MacKinnon? After recording 63 points in an outstanding rookie campaign, the Cole Harbor native only made it to 38 in 64 games in 2014-15. Everybody was hoping for a bounce-back season this year and it seems to be happening. MacKinnon is finally where we want him to be — at the top of the score sheet.
As mentioned before, Colorado’s second line led by MacKinnon is currently the team’s best unit. As if that wasn’t enough, 20-year-old MacKinnon is leading the team in scoring with two goals and four assists, tied with captain Landeskog who has four goals and two assists. Everything just seems to be going right for him right now and we should be glad.
It starting to look like Duchene may never become the elite center we were hoping for, but if MacKinnon can take that spot, do we really care? A top line with Landeskog and MacKinnon would be perfect and could stay the same for the next 10 seasons or so. Perhaps Rantanen will join the duo once Tanguay retires. Whatever happens, Nate MacKinnon looks like the next Avalanche superstar.
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