C - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
6'0" - 182 lbs.
The Columbus Blue Jackets secured their defensive corps with the drafting of Ryan Murray with the second-overall pick in 2012 (a player who, alongside the likes of Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski, could help build a formidable blue-line force). They also solidified their goaltending future with a second-round steal in Oscar Dansk.
Now, they spoil themselves with Nathan MacKinnon, the most potent offensive forward in the 2013 class, and a player who could be one day be a 50-goal scorer with Ryan Johansen by his side.
MacKinnon tallied 31 goals and 47 assists in 58 games for the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads last season.
A Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native who developed at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary's school in Faribault, Michigan only to see his name called first-overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft, 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon found the comparisons to NHL superstar Sidney Crosby inevitable.
But it is his blazing skating stride, lethal shot, smart two-way game and will to win that is going to make Nathan MacKinnon a marquee name in NHL circles in his own right.
Crosby joined a reeling franchise and soon turned them into a Stanley Cup champion. The Columbus Blue Jackets will be hoping MacKinnon can do the same.