It seems like top NHL draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon pulls off some move every week that ends up on a highlight reel. Saturday, the Halifax Mooseheads' 17-year-old star centre was quiet through three periods and overtime in a home game against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
That only meant he had to do something special when the QMJHL game required a shootout. He did that, with moves on top of moves and and a fancy leg-kick to make goalie Philippe Trudeau (who was actually the game's first star) think he was shooting. Talk about a flair for the dramatic.
The shootout ended up being decided in the minimum four attempts. The Mooseheads' other potential NHL first-round pick, Zachary Fucale, made two saves that were sandwiched around a successful deke by their other other potential first-rounder, Jonathan Drouin. It won't unfold in that fashion every time the Mooseheads end up the skills competition that decides deadlocked games, since hockey's not that easy for anybody. On Saturday, it seemed almost unfair that one team has three such individual talents.
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