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Top prospect MacKinnon shines for Canada

Aug 18, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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Canada won the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for the fifth year in a row, but to many, it was all about Nathan MacKinnon.

The odds-on top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft* scored a hat trick in the game, adding another bullet to an increasingly promising resume.

(He has repeatedly been compared to Sidney Crosby, fair or not.)

MacKinnon scored 31 goals and 78 points in 58 regular season games and 28 points in 17 postseason contests for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL last season.

* – Many indicate that it might come down to MacKinnon or Seth Jones, son of former NBA player “Popeye” Jones.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Nathan will be 1st overall baring any sort of unforeseen disaster this year.

  2. lordfletcher - Aug 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    it doesn’t matter how good Jones may look. You will always go for the dominant forward over Dman if you’re a rebuilding franchise. Columbus needs to win the 2013 lottery!!!!!

    Good luck Ohio

  3. esracerx46 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Welcome to the Edmonton Oilers Nathan. Can someone PLEASE tell me how a. GM has the firqst pick 3 years in a row and still has a job? Stan Bowmans team made the playoffs the last 2 years and fans are calling for his head

    • lordfletcher - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      because ownership planned a 3 year rebuild… This will be Tambellini’s last year if they miss the playoffs.

      What would the point be in firing him when he isn’t allowed to bring in top free agents and when free agents don’t want to go there. It would accomplish nothing.

      Now that they have their prospects, they can move him and thank him for ridding out the storm and he got his paycheck, win – win

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    CBJ has already declared themselves sellers for 2013 Trade Deadline. They need a new face for the franchise. McK seems to fit the bill.

  5. dankpuffalot - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    And to think he wasn’t even the best player on his Shattuck team a couple years back.

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