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06-09-2013, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ZombieRegDunlop View Post
Colorado has the 1st pick. If they take MacKinnon, that makes him the 1st pick overall.

Name me the last forward taken 1st overall from the CHL who didn't play in the National Hockey League come that October?

Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Tavares, Stamkos, Kane, Crosby, Nash, Lecavalier, Thornton, Daigle, Lindros, Nolan, Modano, Turgeon, Clark (drafted as a D, played as a F), Lemieux, Hawerchuk, Wickenheiser, Bobby Smith, etc.....

I'll be honest. I think that would make Nathan MacKinnon the first one ever.

I'd love to see him play for another year. But he's ready. He won't be back.
Its been like 15 years since even the top drafted CHL forward came back. And I believe about 7-10 since even the #2 CHL drafted forward came back.

MacKinnon is gone. You have a better chance of winning the loto than he does of playing in the Q next year. Colorado doesn't leave top players in junior. See Duchene and Landeskog. TB had Hedman and Stamkos play as rookies. Tallon (Florida) played Kane as a rookie. Also to the poster who said Colorado would send MacKinnon back because of their depth. The Avs have 8 NHL level forwards signed for next year.

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