Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Nathan MacKinnon Moments

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Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Nathan MacKinnon is congratulated by Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy after being introduced as the number one overall pick to the Colorado Avalanche during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /


The Colorado Avalanche selected Nathan MacKinnon first overall in the 2013 NHL draft. That alone makes this a noteworthy moment in his career — only one player a year gets that honor.

However, that also marked the first time the Avalanche had had the first-overall selection. Prior to that they had #2, choosing Gabriel Landeskog, and #3, choosing Matt Duchene.

Another thing that makes that draft noteworthy is who selected him. The heroes of the Colorado Avalanche Golden Age, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, had returned to the team as management. Avs Nation saw this as a return to the glory of years past — and MacKinnon was a part of it.

The road has been bumpy. However, MacKinnon did go on to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year that season, so we all saw how the Colorado Avalanche could be great again.

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Jun 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche poses with the trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

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