The Avalanche drafted a video game player that still plays video games.
“I’ll probably be myself in ‘Be a Pro’ [in NHL ‘13],” joked the 17-year old and No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon.
Colorado had a tough choice, four very viable and well equipped players that could make an impact, but to the new Avalanche brass it wasn’t all that difficult. In their eyes, MacKinnon was the most obvious, almost utterly lucid of choices. His incomparable explosiveness in this draft along with his ability to rise to the occasion, which includes a pair of hat tricks in the Memorial Cup finals, were the main components Colorado just couldn’t see beyond.
“I wasn’t that explosive,” said Avalanche Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic who was drafted 15th overall in 1987. “He’s real prepared for this challenge, he’s a kid that’s ready. When you watch him skate he’s electrifying.”
MacKinnon averaged a remarkable 1.50 points per game, scoring 87 goals in just three seasons playing juniors for the Halifax Mooseheads. That’s something you would only see in a video game, when you’re playing yourself in it.