Colorado Avalanche: Best Moments of 2018

DENVER, CO - APRIL 16: Members of the Colorado Avalanche congratulate Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) following a win after a first round playoff game between the Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Nashville Predators on April 16, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 16: Members of the Colorado Avalanche congratulate Colorado Avalanche goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) following a win after a first round playoff game between the Colorado Avalanche and the visiting Nashville Predators on April 16, 2018 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JANUARY 2: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates during player introductions prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the Pepsi Center on January 2, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

MacKinnon Named All Star Captain

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The year 2018 was the year center Nathan MacKinnon came into his own. Sure, MacK in god-mode started last November, 2017. But make no mistake Nate dominated 2018.

Nathan finished the 2017-18 season with the best numbers of his career — heck the best numbers the Colorado Avalanche had seen in a while. He earned 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists). He’s been just as dominant this season, already racking up 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists).

But let’s look at MacKinnon’s 2018 numbers specifically. He has 106 points (47 goals, 59 assists). Whoa. Those are some good numbers.

His 97 points last season were good enough for him to be first runner up of the Hart Trophy race. He also made his second consecutive appearance at the NHL All Star Weekend.

This year, his dominance through the first third or so of the season was good enough for him to get voted by fans across the world as a captain during the All Star Weekend. Though it doesn’t take place until this calendar year, 2019, the news came out in 2018.

Anyway, what’s important is this: MacKinnon is starting to get the recognition he deserves.

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The Colorado Avalanche had a very, very good 2018. While it’s true 2019 has started out a little bumpy, the meat and bones of the team remain intact. While we may need to practice a little patience here in Avs Nation, I have confidence this team has the foundation to make it as an eventual Stanley Cup contender.