Geek of the Week: Nathan MacKinnon

Scott Maran


Nathan MacKinnon's breakout season is finally here.

Last year for the Colorado Avalanche, nothing could go right for the team. Almost everyone on the ice was struggling and the team put forth one of the worst performances in recent memory. However, this season has seen Colorado remarkably improve. While they’re still only 24th in the league, that’s much better than they were last year. Most of this improvement has come from their star center Nathan MacKinnon, who’s having the breakout year everyone expected would eventually come. With his strong campaign, MacKinnon has provided tons of value to both the Colorado Avalanche and probably your fantasy hockey team.

Drafted first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Avalanche, MacKinnon burst onto the scene with 63 points, earning him the Calder Trophy. People expected big things from the still-18-year-old center and expected improvement from his rookie campaign. However, MacKinnon would struggle a bit after that, seeing his point totals drop to 38 in 64 games in his sophomore season. And while he did manage to record 52 points in 72 games in the following year, last season saw him end with only 53 points in 82 games. While there’s nothing wrong with a 50+ point season, people expected bigger things from the former first round pick and thought he had more potential after his successful rookie season.

But now this year, MacKinnon has exploded with 38 points in his first 32 games, showing the potential he showed in his rookie year. And with the success comes success in fantasy hockey, as MacKinnon has been one of the top players so far this year. According to our Fantasy Hockey Geek Tool, he’s actually been one of the top 20 most valuable fantasy skaters.



FHG Value







Vincent Trocheck