Avalanche Sign Top-Pick MacKinnon


AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post(DENVER) — The Colorado Avalanche signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft Nathan MacKinnon to a three-year entry level contract Tuesday.

“We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp,” said Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic in a statement. “His presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team, as well as a lot of excitement to our fans.”

According to the Denver Post, MacKinnon’s cap hit will be $3.775 million, the most a player can make in his first contract, although his base salary will be $925,000.

The 17-year-old center led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title and first-ever Memorial Cup championship last season. MacKinnon was also named MVP of the Memorial Cup putting up a tournament high 13 points.

MacKinnon is expected to start the season in Colorado on a line with Jamie McGinn and and Steve Downie.

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