Nathan MacKinnon has been on a tear of late, padding an already solid Calder Trophy campaign as the league's rookie of the year. The 18-year-old that the Colorado Avalanche selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft showed yet another reason why his future is so darn bright on Friday night.
With the Avs knotted in a scoreless tie with the New York Islanders late in the second period, the Isles made a costly error when a pass was intercepted in Colorado's zone. Defenseman Andre Benoit found MacKinnon with some space and then this happened…
MacKinnon hit the red line and as if rockets were strapped to his skates exploded into the Islanders zone, making the in-motion Matt Donovan look like he was standing still. Goaltender Kevin Poulin was also rendered helpless by MacKinnon's speed as the 18-year-old easily deposited the puck in the net to make it a 1-0 game.
Hopefully someone checked Donovan and Poulin to see if they still have their eyebrows after getting scorched by the Colorado phenom.
The Islanders ended up winning the game in overtime, but MacKinnon showed Avs fans what they'll be getting to watch over the next several years. The youngster has five goals in his last four games and that goal tied him with the injured Tomas Hertl for the NHL's rookie goal-scoring lead with 15. MacKinnon also leads all first-year players with 29 points.