After Underwhelming, Nathan MacKinnon Finally Put It Together

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Nathan MacKinnon has always been one of the most talented players in the NHL. His speed, his skill, he’s a blast to watch each night. He had a phenomenal rookie season, winning the calder, but in the 3 seasons following he struggled to repeat his early success. MacKinnon followed up his 63 point rookie season with 38, 52, and 53 point seasons, underwhelming for such a talented player like him. For fans and fantasy owners alike, MacKinnon left more to be desired. He was a top 5 dynasty talent producing like an average player.

Now at only the age of 22, and in his 5th full year in the NHL, we’ve seen MacKinnon really become the player we knew he could be. He’s been a dominant force, possibly putting himself among the Hart trophy candidates. In only 56 games he has shattered his career highs in goals, assists, and points with 31 goals, 45 assists, and 76 points respectively. If he continues on this pace his 1.36 points per game would be the highest in a season since Sidney Crosby had 1.56 points per game in the 2012 shortened season. He’s also on pace for 100 points which would be tied for 2nd in the league with Connor McDavid, only behind Nikita Kucherovs 106 point pace.

Driving Force

MacKinnon has been the driving force of the Avalanche offense all year. His 31 goals make up 15.4 percent of the teams goals, among the top ten in the NHL. MacKinnons 2.6 primary points per 60 minutes (P1/60), which is highest in the league. His line mate Mikko Rantanen is on pace for 81 points in only his second season in the NHL and Gabriel Landeskog is on pace for 60 points, his best in 2 seasons. MacKinnon has not only elevated his game but his line mates as well.

In a game against the Minnesota Wild on March 2nd, MacKinnon lit the score sheet up with 5 points! His unbelievable skills were out in full display.

Dynasty Outlook

MacKinnon has a lethal shot, amazing playmaking ability, the speed and agility to make something out of nothing. I think we knew this but now he has firmly made his case to be among the top dynasty assets. I currently rank him 5th in my forward rankings and he averaged at 6th on our forward rankings, with an argument that he should possibly be even higher. He’s still so young at only 22 years old and he should be a fantasy stud for your team for the next decade. MacKinnon is a cornerstone piece for any dynasty team.

About the Author

Terry Bechakas
I am the co-creator of Dynasty League Hockey and I enjoy talking hockey at anytime. Dynasty Leagues along with scouting are a passion of mine.

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