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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal
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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal

Jul 9 2013, 8:00pm CDT | by

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.  The Denver Post reports the 17-year-old MacKinnon's contract...

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche Sign No. 1 Pick MacKinnon to 3-Year Deal

Jul 9 2013, 8:00pm CDT | by

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

The Colorado Avalanche signed Nathan MacKinnon, top overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday. 

The Denver Post reports the 17-year-old MacKinnon's contract will cost Colorado a $3.775 million salary cap hit. Avalanche vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic was elated with the signing, saying MacKinnon's play is sure to excite their fans

"We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp. 

"His presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team, as well as a lot of excitement to our fans."

MacKinnon couldn't be more excited himself. 

"The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step toward becoming a professional hockey player. I am excited and thrilled to have been drafted by the Avalanche, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp."

With his entry into the NHL already made official, MacKinnon hopes to build on his recent success with the Halifax Moosheads, whom he helped earn their first-ever Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and Memorial Cup championship. 

MacKinnon was declared MVP of the 2013 Memorial Cup after notching 13 points by way of seven goals and six assists in only four games. He had a hat trick in the final against Portland. 

Former Avalanche goaltender and current head coach Patrick Roy stated MacKinnon would most likely be his third-line center. 

 
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