#1. Nathan MacKinnon
Coveted since the age of 14, Nathan has been dealing with the limelight in hockey for some time. As an atom aged player, MacKinnon recorded 200 points in 50 games. When MacKinnon was 12 and 13, he played Bantam AAA for the Cole Harbour Red Wings, recording seasons of 110 and 145 points . Nathan chose to leave his hometown and attend Shattuck-Saint Mary's playing with the Bantam Tier I program, he scored 101 points in 58 games . Nathan finished his 2nd season at Shattuck-Saint Mary's with 93 points in 40 games played, scoring 45 goals.
Heading into the 2011 (QMJHL) Draft, MacKinnon was widely regarded as the favourite to be selected first overall and was ranked by QMJHL Central Scouting as the best available player. Despite this, MacKinnon spent the day of the draft skating with a (USHL) team, as he was considering playing either NCAA. Upon being traded to Halifax, Nathan choose the QMJHL and the rest is history. MacKinnon scored his first QMJHL hat trick on December 3, 2011, scoring five goals in a 6–4 victory over the Quebec Remparts. With 5 goals in one game, he tied the Mooseheads record for the most goals in a single game.
MacKinnon has been touted as the potential #1 pick in 2013 since he was only 15-years-old. Coming from the same hometown as Sidney Crosby and taking a similar development path, it’s not hard to see why expectations are high. MacKinnon is an outstanding skater and handles the puck extremely well in tight spaces. He competes hard and has an underrated physical game, giving him a very complete overall game. Of course, there’s no denying his natural skill-level which leads the pack in 2013. MacKinnon is expected to star front and centre on a strong Halifax team this year and potentially represent Canada at the World Junior as well. Projecting as a franchise caliber forward at the NHL level, Nathan MacKinnon is a player you’ll want to follow in 2013.
by 'The Scouting Report'
Nathan's skills level is beyond what most players are capable of. With his quickness and the way he can execute, read and react on the ice at those speeds , that is what makes him a elite level player and the reason he has been under close scrutiny since such a young age.
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