8. Nathan MacKinnon

One of the great young stars of the game, Nathan MacKinnon came into the National Hockey League as the first overall Draft Pick in 2013.  As a rookie, the Nova Scotian Center would win the Calder Trophy with 63 Points.  MacKinnon did not hit that mark over the next three years, but in 2017-18, he would have a 97 Point year with a league-leading 12 Game Winning Goals.  He would also be named a Second Team All-Star and was second in Hart Trophy voting.

In 2018-19, MacKinnon would exceed his career-high in Goals (41) and Points (99) and finished sixth in Hart Trophy voting.  MacKinnon built on that with his third consecutive 90-Point plus season, earning a second Second Team All-Star, and winning his First Lady Byng.  MacKinnon was the runner-up for the Hart that year.  Last season, MacKinnon was third for the Hart, in a 48-Game, 65 Point year.

An All-Star for the last four years, MacKinnon could reach the top five on this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NHL Draft 6/30/13.
  • Games Played: 573
  • Notable Statistics: 210 Goals
    350 Assists
    560 Points
    234 PIM
    .98 PPG 
    +61 Plus/Minus
    64.6 Point Shares
    69 Points in 50 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Star (2018 & 2020)
    All-Star (2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)
    Calder Trophy (2014)
    Lady Byng Trophy (2020)
    First Team All-Rookie (2014)
    Most Game-Winning Goals (2017-18)
    Most Shots (2018-19 & 2019-20)

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