MacKinnon scored a goal and added a helper in a 6-3 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. After a brief two-game hiatus from the scoresheet, MacKinnon has responded in a bit way with seven points over a four-game point streak. He's up to 15 in 19 contests this season while averaging a whopping 20:07 of ice time and pumping 67 shots on goal -- making him an attractive fantasy asset even though the Avs are dead-last in the Central Division.
MacKinnon had a goal, an assist and six shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Stars. MacKinnon was involved in both Avalanche goals as they came up just short of fighting back from a 3-0 deficit. His shorthanded tally in the second period was just MacKinnon's third goal of the season, as he 's shooting a career-low 5.2 percent on his first 58 shots. The 21-year-old's production is likely to start trending up as his luck reverses, so a third 50-point campaign in four seasons is still likely despite the slow start.
MacKinnon came up empty on a season-high 10 shots Tuesday, but the Avalanche still downed the Kings at home, 4-1. MacKinnon is known for his ability to slice through the attacking zone with ease, so it's no surprise that he currently ranks 13th in NHL for shots per game (3.47). However, the pivot could afford to be more patient and selective, as he's currently operating with a 3.8 shooting percentage, which is a terrible conversion rate for a forward and has only led to a pair of goals over 15 games.
MacKinnon finally scored his second goal of the year Tuesday, but it was in vain, as the Avs took a 4-2 home loss against Arizona. There are few fantasy players who have disappointed as much as MacKinnon in the early going, as he has a meager seven points to go with a minus-4 rating through 12 games. On the bright side, he's remained a steady shooter (averaging exactly three per game), so the 2013 No. 1 pick should have better times ahead. Still, he's now 21 and doesn't appear to be developing into the superstar he's been expected to become. Fantasy owners shouldn't overvalue him based on his draft status; in the best case, he's a 50-to-60-point player until further notice.
MacKinnon notched an assist during Thursday's 4-0 win against Tampa Bay. After exploding for back-to-back multi-point outings to start the season, MacKinnon has returned to earth for the time being. The 21-year-old has flashed exceptional potential the past three seasons, with the obvious highlight being his 63-point rookie campaign. The 2013. No.1 pick could be in for a big year on the top line.
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