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Nathan MacKinnon shines in clash of top draft prospects

May 18, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

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Seth Jones topped – and tops – many scouting lists, yet second-ranked prospect Nathan MacKinnon’s team prevailed on Sunday.

MacKinnon and fellow high-end 2013 NHL Draft target Jonathan Drouin fueled the Halifax Mooseheads’ 7-4 win against the Portland Winterhawks. MacKinnon stood out in particular, collecting a hat trick in the second period and an assist in the victory.

Here’s the simple stats for that trio of hyped players:

MacKinnon: three goals, one assists, +4 rating
Drouin: one goal, +1 rating
Jones: one goal, -1 rating

It’s probably not fair to throw Jones under the bus, as his Winterhawks were facing a formidable opponent.

When MacKinnon and Drouin weren’t catching scouts eyes as forwards, the Mooseheads also boasted Nathan Fucale. points out that he’s the top-ranked prospect among North American goalies.

The Colorado Avalanche aren’t likely to base their No. 1 selection on one game or tournament, but for at least one night, MacKinnon stole the spotlight.

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Jones looked soft allowing MacKinnon to power ahead of him and get that weak goal. Jones never put any pressure, a stick, a glove or anything on him. He needs to be more physical and meaner.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Seems like there were a couple big momentum changes in that game. Halifax opened the scoring, portland scored the next three, and then the next 5 were all Halifax. Portland may have overestimated their ability to contain the Halifax offense.

      I’d love to see these two teams meet up again in the final.

    • imleftcoast - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Garbage. Jones made the play, and the goalie let in a weak one. That said, I loved MacKinnon’s fight, and that he has something to prove. They’ll both be good, but I’d take MacKinnon if I were choosing for anyone other than Colorado. He has a connection to the Avs that they have to use to their advantage. It’s a no-brainer they pick Jones, but I’d want a guy with MacKinnon’s skill and attitude for sure.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Jones was MAKING the play, right up until he allowed MacKinnon to power ahead of him, put Jones behind him and get a shot on goal. Yes it was a horrible goal for the goalie to give up. But the play is to get him to the outside, and KEEP him there, and that’s done by getting your body, or a hand, stick, glove, ANYTHING on the skater when he tries to pass you on the outside.

        And Jones didn’t, he allowed MacKinnon to get by him, when he could have stop Mac cold if he did what he was supposed to do and what they will teach him to do in the NHL.

        “Garbage”? Please, spare me and everyone else your ignorant commentary on what a D-man’s responsible for doing in that situation, you’re embarrassing yourself. Jones only got half the job done, he needs to punish a smaller skater when he tries to power ahead of him wide. Not try to skate with him and not touch him at all.

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Oh and Blues fans must be very excited about Ty Rattie, kid has a laser and with a record 50 playoff goals under his belt, he’s just the type of player the Blues need. (-ed)

  3. travishenryskid - May 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    This game was my first viewing of Portland. Derek Pouliot looked miserable, not sure how he went 8th overall last year. Nic Petan is going to be a tremendous pro. Whoever gets him in the late first is getting a steal.

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