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Video: MacKinnon shows blazing speed with goal, but Isles stay hot

Jan 10, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

Even before his first NHL game, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy couldn’t help but rave about Nathan MacKinnon‘s speed. The top pick of the 2013 NHL Draft showed his explosiveness in an almost comical way against the New York Islanders on Friday:

The electric 18-year-old now has 15 goals (and possibly counting) in 44 games during his rookie campaign, and he might just finish the second half on a blazing pace; seven of his 15 goals have come in the last seven games.

Either way, the 2014 Calder Trophy frontrunner can add this highlight to his reel.

Update: The Islanders ended up winning thanks to the exploits of a speedy forward of their own. Michael Grabner scored the 2-1 OT winner to give the Isles three straight wins and victories in six of their last seven games:

  1. ryanoffski - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Great goal by Mac. Too bad the avs couldn’t win it.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Let the Pavel Bure comparisons begin.

  2. jr507 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Grabner OT winner. 8 of last 11. Here come the Isles again. If they make up the 8 points for the 8th seed, no one will want to have to deal with this team in the first round.

    Imagine if Snow got them a goalie?

  3. travishenryskid - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Awesome goal. You just don’t see enough of that anymore. Mackinnon is special.

  4. muckleflugga - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    nothing can change the shape of things to come…

    mackinnon and tatar

    zoom zooooom

  5. withseidelinn - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Wow, did not realize this kid had 15 goals already. Great pace for a rookie season

    • pfhockey - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Actually 7 goals in his last 7 games. so he’ll likely get in the mid 30s barring any slumps.

  6. pfhockey - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    I actually think the TSN comparable was accurate for this guy. Reminds me of Stamkos, I don’t think he’ll score as much or has as good of a shot. But I can definitely see 40 goal seasons for this guy. Possibly faster then Stamkos.

  7. Plumber 65 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    The great thing with this kid is, his hands are as good as his wheels. You can see why Joe and Patrick couldn’t pass him up! Look out ————–he’s gone

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