The Colorado Avalanche haven’t had a Hart trophy winner since Peter Forsberg won it in 2003. Honestly they haven’t had the talent or record to even have someone in contention. If the Avs make the playoffs this year, Nathan Mackinnon should take home the Hart Trophy for the league’s most valuable player. Hell even if they don’t, he still deserves it.
Mackinnon has finally become the star the Avs knew he could be when they drafted him #1 in the 2013 NHL draft. Calling Mackinnon a star may even be an insult with the way he is playing. Mackinnon is a fucking super star and IS the most valuable player in the NHL right now. He currently is second in the NHL in points with 91, and is only 3 points behind Kucherov, who has played 6 games more than Mackinnon. In addition, Nate the Great has made the team around him better. His line mate Mikko Rantanen has 79 points, which ties him with Sid the Kid. Who the hell is Mikko Rantanen and how can he be tied with arguably the best player in the league in points? Myself and other Avs fans will tell you, it’s because of Nathan Mackinnon. I like to call it the Peter Forsberg affect. Forsberg was always known for turning no name players into household names. Mackinnon has that Forsberg mojo and has had it all season.
The Avs are coming into the tail end of the season, holding on to the first wild card spot and are in contention to take over the Wild for 3rd in the Pacific with 88 points. Can I remind you that the Avs were the worst team in the league last year with a whopping 48 points… Avs fans were prepared for another long season, but thanks to Mackinnon hockey is fucking back in Colorado. Nate has not only sparked his team but he has also pumped up the city. Denver hasn’t had a hockey buzz on since the good old days. We all thought Duchenne would be the one to bring it back, but boy were we wrong. Hopefully for the Avs, their young guys can stay hot and Varly can keep standing on his head coming down the stretch, and hopefully even further.
Hey Tin Man… watch out for that Hart of yours, Mackinnon is coming for it.
To be clear: there is no race for the Hart Trophy. It belongs to Nathan MacKinnon and any other opinions you may have on this subject are incorrect
— CorsiHL (@CorsiHL) March 19, 2018
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