HW Draft 2013 Prospects: #2 Nathan Mackinnon

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Nathan Mackinnon started as the favorite for first overall at the beginning of the season but soon fell into the number two spot. It is not because of poor play or bad character, it is just that Seth Jones managed to put in an extremely successful season in the WHL and shone in the World Junior Championship.

But whoever is picking number two in the NHL Entry Draft is jumping with joy because what they are getting in Nathan Mackinnon is a dynamic goal-scoring forward. He scored 32 goals and 43 assists in 44 games in the QMJHL.

He is always buzzing around with energy with skill in attacking the net with strength and will. He compliments it with a dangerous shot that he can release from anywhere. Add all of this up and you have a forward that will do anything to put the puck in the net. He isn't the biggest but he has strong feet and plays with determination.

He has done almost everything he can at the junior levels so don't be surprised to see him wearing an NHL sweater for the entirety of the season. If Seth Jones wasn't the complete package of physical gifts and skill, Mackinnon would surely be the first overall pick.

Still, there just might be the chance he sneaks up into the first overall pick. This only happens if the team is in need of a goal-scorer prospect much more than it needs a two-way defenseman, but seeing how the Avs have the pick, you could almost surely bet Mackinnon will arrive in Florida.

Introducing our 2013 NHL #1 Draft Prospect - Nathan Mackinnon


NATHAN MACKINNON

Center / Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

6-0

182



GP G A P +/- PIM
2012/13 - Halifax
44
32
43
75
40 45

Projection:

#1 centerman. 40-50 goal scorer

Strengths:

  • Deadly shot; quick release, deadly accuracy
  • Plays with buzz and energy
  • Strong balance, quick speed
  • Versatile

Weaknesses:

  • Average size and strength

Quotes:

Future Considerations

MacKinnon’s skating ability is top notch. While he’s not a rocket, he has a good first step and above-average top speed. He’s always in control of his feet and his low center of gravity makes it hard to knock him off the puck, even at top speed. He can speed up or change direction at any given time. MacKinnon’s passing ability matches his elite vision and offensive creativity. He is a true wizard with the puck. MacKinnon is as much a goal-scorer as he is playmaker. He knows how to get in the scoring areas and how to open himself up. His shot is already NHL ready. He has a very quick release, which consistently fools goaltenders. MacKinnon is a very smart hockey player who processes the game at an elite level.

Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?):

Mackinnon_medium

Perfect compliment to Mikael Granlund, we're just not going to get him

Video Evidence:

Nathan MacKinnon's Hat Trick. (All Goals) Portland Winterhawks 4 Halifax Mooseheads 7. May 18th 2013 (via xXxCrosby87Xx)


Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Report

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