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Avs keep expectations in check regarding MacKinnon

Aug 19, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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There’s no doubt that Nathan MacKinnon will face some scrutiny next season. It comes with being the No. 1 pick of any draft.

Still, the Colorado Avalanche present a relatively cozy situation for a player who won’t turn 18 until Sept. 1.

New head coach Patrick Roy announced that MacKinnon will probably begin the 2013-14 season as a third-line center with Steve Downie and Tyler McGinn. That represents a nice compromise between keeping his workload reasonable and giving him an opportunity to succeed (both Downie and McGinn boast some genuine talent, plus they’re entering contract years).

There’s plenty of talent to go around if Colorado opts to move him higher in the lineup or jumble the combinations, too.

He’s also joining a roster full of guys who can relate to his situation, as Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog aren’t far removed from rookie campaigns themselves.

Earlier this month, Duchene told the Metro News that MacKinnon’s success is likely a matter of when, not if.

“There’s no question he’ll be a superstar, the timeline has yet to be determined,” Duchene said. “But he’s still a little raw, like any 17-year-old would be.”

Roy raved about his speed and emphasized that MacKinnon merely needs to “have fun” during his first season in the NHL, so the organization seems willing to allow their potential star of the future to mature.

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  1. sfa0707 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Jamie McGinn..

    • goodolejr - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      I hate to say it but this site is getting to the same level as Bleacher Report. I’ve seen about 5-6 mistakes in just the articles from yesterday. Come on, guys.

  2. Windmiller4 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    So when did the avs sign Tyler Mcginn?

  3. multiplemiggs - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    they did the right thing not drafting the colored boy, although he will be great, the Avs real need was for some offense. They will be scary. And scoring defensemen or tough D-men are always available in free agency or via trade. Once these boys get it together they will be getting the big names on defense once again.

  4. LampyB - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Miggs, offensive D-men are a tough buy and usually very expensive, not sure where you’re getting your info that they’re easy to come by. Also your statement that the Avs biggest need is scoring and offense is off. Its opposite…they have scoring, and the biggest need is on defense.

    Have you been living in an alternate reality? Or maybe you haven’t been paying attention??

  5. LampyB - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Also I cant believe you referred to Jones as “the colored boy”. Haha, we’re a half century removed from the 50s.

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