The second in a series on top prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft looks at center Nathan MacKinnon of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads.
Weight: 182 pounds
2012-13 Team: Halifax (QMJHL)
Born: September 1, 1995
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia
|NHL Central Scouting||2nd North American skaters|
|International Scouting Services||1st all skaters|
|Red Line Report||3rd overall|
|The Hockey News||3rd overall|
|McKeen’s Hockey||2nd overall|
|Hockey Prospectus||2nd overall|
Scored 75 points (32 goals, 43 assists) and had a plus-40 rating in 44 games for Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Missed 14 games due to knee injury. Ranked third in playoff scoring with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 17 games as Halifax won the QMJHL championship. Named MVP of the Memorial Cup after recording 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 4 games to lead Halifax to championship. Registered 3 goals and 2 assists in Memorial Cup championship game. Had one assist in six games for Canada at 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.
Led Canada to gold medal at 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka, registering 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 5 games and scoring a hat trick in the championship game. … Ranked second in rookie scoring in the QMJHL in 2011-12, registering 58 points (31 goals, 47 assists) in 78 games.
“He is an exceptionally powerful skater and a natural goal scorer. He plays with determination and he is highly competitive with his style of play. He is one of those players who is capable of being a difference maker in the game and because of that he is drawing comparisons to Steven Stamkos.” – Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting
“He has a huge appetite for the puck, and is a game breaker. The bigger the moment the more hungry he becomes. … MacKinnon has all the offensive tools to produce at the next level. He has the ability to be the best player on the ice when he wants to be and already shoots the puck like a pro. He loves to attack on the rush and isn’t afraid to attack one on one, however he needs to start to use his linemates more effectively. MacKinnon is a great skater with the ability to beat a defender by changing gears very well in mid stride. His balance and ability to protect the puck are outstanding.” – International Scouting Services 2013 Draft Guide
“MacKinnon is a simply fantastic prospect who has all the tools a GM would want in a high draft choice. His body and skills are advanced, relative to the fact he is a tad over two weeks away from being bumped to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. MacKinnon is an elite skater, and possibly a generational one, easily the best in this draft class. He has an unbelievable first few steps, and he generates a ridiculous amount of power from his legs. When he gets in full flight, it is very hard to stop him (in fact, I once saw an opposing QMJHL player try to tackle him). … His puck skills are high end, as well as his offensive vision. MacKinnon is not simply a north-south kind of player; he has a ton of offensive creativity, including the ability to dangle defensemen laterally, or make quick, precise feeds.” – Hockey Prospectus