Like many of the following first overall picks that have come before him, Halifax Mooseheads’ Nathan MacKinnon brings excitement and hopes to shine a new light on the franchise that has the top pick in next year’s draft. MacKinnon, who racked up 31G and 47A in his first season in Halifax, has impressed scouts and he may have learned from watching fellow Nova Scotian, Sidney Crosby.
MacKinnon will be eligible in next year’s draft in Newark, NJ, along with Portland Winterhawks’ Seth Jones as the top two North American prospects. Before his road to Halifax began, MacKinnonplayed for Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School, the same school Crosby played at during the 2002-03 season. Even though he didn’t reach Crosby’s 162 points in 57 games record, MacKinnon recorded 45G and 48A in 40 games during the 2010-11 season. After his career at Shattuck-St.Mary’s was over, he then was considering either playing in NCAA Men’s Hockey or jumping straight to the juniors. He spent one day with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL even considering them as an option. However, it wasn’t long until MacKinnon was drafted first overall in the 2011 QMJHL draft by Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Shortly later on July 13, 2011, MacKinnon’s rights were traded to Halifax for Carl Gelinas, Francis Turbide and the Quebec Remparts first round pick in 2013.
All eyes will be on MacKinnon in January as he will play for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships, held in Ufa, Russia. MacKinnon is surely one of those star players who can bring excitement and hope those who are fans of him see his true greatness come out.