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MacKinnon tied for longest rookie point streak since Stastny

Mar 3, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Avalanche 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

While NHL teams have taken a lot of talented first overall picks since the 2007-08 season, none of them have been able to win the Calder Trophy. With a little over a month left in the regular season, Nathan MacKinnon is poised to end that trend.

The 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward has opened up a 12-point lead in the rookie scoring race with 49 and he’s been expanding that gap lately.

MacKinnon picked up two assists in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay to extend his point streak to 11 games. That puts him in a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the second longest rookie point streak since 1996. The longest was set by Paul Stastny when he contributed in 20 consecutive games during the 2006-07 campaign, according to the Avalanche.

MacKinnon’s latest accomplishments are an extension of what he’s been doing all season. He’s been remarkably consistent for his age as he’s never gone more than five games without a point.

From that start he’s adjusted nicely to the NHL. The faster pace, in his mind, is fun because it doesn’t give him time to overthink.

“First time I met him I realized this is going to be a piece of cake for him on his own,” Avalanche captain and 2012 Calder Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog recently told NHL.com. “Off the ice you can’t tell he’s a rookie. He’s certainly one of the guys on the ice.

“He’s gotten more and more comfortable as the season has gone along and gotten better and better and has been one our best players over the past couple of months.”

MacKinnon certainly has plenty of room to grow, but his starting point is special.

  1. nogoodtomedead - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    They’ve got some real exciting young players in Colorado- I’d certainly be excited if I was an Avs fan.

  2. withseidelinn - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Wow I have not been keeping track of this guy at all and 49 points is incredible. No doubt he can finish with 60+. Not even a discussion anymore for the Calder.

  3. joey4id - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Kid is the real deal. Brought his game from junior to the pros and raised it. A very effective offensive player who is learning to play the 200 feet game.

  4. angrytwitterguy - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    “Dur they should take Jones, They’re dumb for passing on Jones”

    – Said by many here for a long time leading up to the draft

    • jhmiddleton81 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I mean Seth Jones is no slouch, he’ll be a 50-60 point a year defenseman who plays 25 minutes a night for the next 15 years, but I agree the Avalanche took the right player as of today

      • 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        Do you really think his offensive upside will be that high in the Preds’ system, though? I feel like their style of game will limit his scoring potential somewhat. Plus, there are only like 2-3 defensemen in the entire League that can post 50+ points consistently. Even Weber’s only done it once, though he’s been close a number of times. Not saying he can’t, but that’s a high standard to hope for.

  5. jhmiddleton81 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Gotta be pretty upset if your Florida, I mean without a doubt in my mind Aleksander Barkov will be like Anze Kopitar, a great two way center who can chip in 70 points a season, but Mackinnon is a legit 90 to 100 point potential superstar in this league who is making an immediate impact

  6. mackattack29 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Mackinnon honestly takes over almost every game he is in. Speaking as someone who ha watched every single avs game. He is just honestly on a different level. The conversation in a year or so will be mack vs stamkos vs crosby for the best offensive player in the game. I’m telling you right now he really is just pure elite offensive talent.

    • 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      His speed and vision are incredible and his playmaking instincts show shades of Super Joe. Plus, he’s got a great attitude, he’s a great team player – did you see that selfless drop pass he made to give Statsny the empty netter last night? He easily could have taken that shot himself. Great kid.

  7. Plumber 65 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    There’s a reason Sakic and Roy went after this kid! Yes Jones is a gifted D man looking at a great career. Mackinnon is flat out a game changer!

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