Halifax Mooseheads graduate Nathan MacKinnon (Nick Wass, The Associated Press)Considering the way Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones shared the onus of being at the top of the NHL draft class of 2013, it's a hell of a coincidence their first NHL goals occurred fewer than one hour apart.
MacKinnon, who led the Halifax Mooseheads to the Memorial Cup over the Jones-led Portland Winterhawks in May prior to becoming the first overall pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has already had a noteworthy NHL debut this month. On Saturday, the 18-year-old scored in characteristic fashion on the power play during the surprising Avalanche's win over the Washington Capitals, knifing in and out of the dirty area before getting open to wire home a wrist shot.
MacKinnon celebrated the goal by jumping into the glass. He played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year and this is what they do.
The shot was the Thanksgiving dessert, the getting open was the meat and potatoes. Naturally, MacKinnon was soon joined in the circle of teens scoring their first in The Show. Jones, the No. 4 overall pick, buried a point shot for the Nashville Predators after setting up in the left faceoff circle during a 1-3-1 power-play setup.
Another 19-year-old defenceman, Red Deer Rebels pending graduate Mathew Dumba, also got his maiden NHL marker for the Minnesota Wild.
Consider it a reminder the draft debate of last season will not be resolved for many a year. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, all three had good timing to score during the early Saturday evening time slot. Erstwhile Ottawa 67's captain Sean Monahan, who's riding a four-game goal streak with the Calgary Flames, has Saturday off to enjoy his 19th birthday. They also got on the board before 19-year-old Czech Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks hit the action in 10 p.m. Eastern time tilt.
(Update, 10:15 ET: Hertl scored his NHL-leading seventh goal in the first minute of the Ottawa-San Jose contest.)
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