The 2013 NHL Draft kicked off Sunday afternoon from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and the Colorado Avalanche were the first team on the clock. The obvious choices for Colorado with the No. 1 pick in the draft were top two prospects Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon.
When the first pick was read, the Avalanche decided on Halifax Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon in a move that surprised very few people.
Here is a little information on MacKinnon’s game, via Hockey Future:
A blend of speed, skill and desire, MacKinnon is not solely an offensive talent, but instead he’s one of the more complete players in his draft class. While he still needs refinement in his defensive game and he’ll continue to get stronger on the ice, his speed and willingness to throw the body makes him equally valuable at both ends of the ice. Offensively, he slices through opposing defenses like a hot knife through butter and has a quick release that often finds the back of the net.
For MacKinnon, it was a dream come true.
According to his father, MacKinnon dreamed of suiting up for the Colorado Avalanche since he was seven or eight years old and now that childhood dream has become a reality.