By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - It’s appearing more and more likely that Cole Harbour’s Nathan MacKinnon will be the top pick of the Colorado Avalanche in Sunday’s NHL draft.
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Halifax Mooseheads centre Nathan MacKinnon poses with the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy after being named the tournament MVP after the Mooseheads defeated the Portland Winterhawks to win the 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Sask., on Sunday.
A week after Joe Sakic, the team’s executive vice president, said they would pick a forward with the top pick, Colorado head coach Patrick Roy has now told ESPN The Magazine that they would be taking MacKinnon if they still have the No. 1 selection.
“It would be tough for us not to take MacKinnon,” Roy told ESPN. “MacKinnon is ready to play tomorrow.”
Roy, who didn’t rule out the team trading the pick, said the Halifax Mooseheads forward and Memorial Cup MVP is the right choice at No.1 and would be team’s third-line centre at the start of next season.
“It would be great for MacKinnon to start there. Less pressure,” Roy said. “It’s the perfect fit for him.”