Despite suggestions the Avs would take defenseman Seth Jones No. 1 overall, they went with center Nathan MacKinnon, who notched 75 points in 44 games in the QMJHL last season. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Optimism abounds in Colorado. Not only do the Avalanche have a new coach in Patrick Roy, they also have the No. 1 pick from the 2013 draft, Nathan MacKinnon.
MacKinnon is coming off a Memorial Cup-winning season with the Halifax Mooseheads and while he still has major junior eligibility, it is likely he will be part of the Avs this season - and for many seasons to come.
THN’s Ryan Kennedy caught up with the budding star at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase to discuss his off-season training, learning from Matt Duchene, and more.
REPORTER: Ryan Kennedy | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper