NHL Mock Draft 2013: Colorado Avalanche select Nathan MacKinnon with No. 1 pick

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The Colorado Avalanche select center Nathan MacKinnon first overall in the SB Nation NHL Mock Draft.

With the first pick in SB Nation's 2013 NHL Mock Draft, our Colorado Avalanche delegation at Mile High Hockey selects...

Nathan MacKinnon

Center, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Here's Mile High Hockey defending their selection:

This past season MacKinnon had 75 points in 44 regular season games - including 5 goals in one game - and 33 points in 17 playoff games. He has spiffy moves on the ice. The one draw often said about him is that he is weak on faceoffs, knowing this he worked hard and drastically improved his faceoffs this season. Scouts say he has great hands and a great shot, but he feels his best skill is his skating and his speed. During the Combine he said the toughest question he heard was what he would do without it, because he believes that "it's my whole game. It's what I do. It's my strength."

Check in with MHH for more on the selection. Next on the clock are the Florida Panthers, selected by our bloggers at Litter Box Cats.

Keep up with the full 2013 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft on this page.

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