An NHL talent expert sizes up junior Nathan MacKinnon
First off, you see he has explosive speed, astonishing speed for a player who is still filling out and in a few years will be a large man. His quickness isn't just in his legs, but it is also in his hands. He can get his hard and heavy shot off extremely fast, making his game even more unpredictable for opposing goaltenders. He's also very strong on the puck and is very difficult to knock over. The injury to his right MCL earlier this year [a minor strain suffered during the Mooseheads' 8--5 loss to the Moncton Wildcats on Feb. 8] on top of the run that Seth Jones and Portland went on hurt MacKinnon's draft stock just slightly. But his Memorial Cup performance (seven goals in four games) put him right back in the conversation about the No. 1 pick. He will be a force in the NHL.