Avalanche signs McKinnon’s eight-year extension

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan McKinnon to an eight-year contract starting 2023-24 (running until 2030-31). One year left to his current deal signed on July 8, 2016.

A first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in three of the last five seasons (2017-18, 2018-19, 2020-21). He was awarded the 2020 Lady Byng and 2014 Calder Trophy and was named to the second NHL All-Star Team in both 2017-18 and 2019-20.

McKinnon, 27, finished second in the avalanche with 88 points (32g/56a) in 65 games during the 2021-22 campaign. He finished seventh in the National Hockey League in both points/innings (1.35) and shots (299). This was the fourth season in his career with 30 goals scored, and the third in Colorado history after Joe Sakic (six) and Milan Heduk (five). McKinnon scored his 600th NHL point in his 599th career game on January 17, 2022 against Minnesota, becoming the seventh player in franchise history, fourth in Colorado history and first in the 2013 NHL Draft to reach 600 points.

McKinnon helped Avalanche win the 2022 Stanley Cup after scoring 13 goals and 24 points in 20 post-season games. His 13 goals tied for the top of the league and tied for the second-highest post-season total in franchise history (Sakic, 18, 1996). McKinnon also led the NHL in shots (117) and power play goals (6 draws).

“Nathan is clearly one of the key players in the NHL, so a long-term extension was something we wanted to do before the season started,” said Chris MacFarland, general manager of Avalanche. “He has that rare combination of speed and power with a highly competitive level that makes him a player from generation to generation. We are delighted that he will continue to be a member of this team and this community for many years to come.”

Heading into what would be his 10th season in the National Hockey League this fall, McKinnon earned 648 points (242g/406a) in 638 regular season games, ranking him sixth on the all-time scoring list. He ranks fifth in points/match (1.02), seventh in goals (242), sixth in assists (406) and strength stats (71), fourth in game-winning goals (46) and shares his franchise record with nine additional goals. preparation.

MacKinnon’s 638 points, 242 goals, and 406 assists is the fourth-highest Avalanche player since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. No player from the 2013 NHL Draft has more goals, assists, or points than MacKinnon. Since 2017-18, MacKinnon has earned 442 points (167g/275a) in 338 games, the third-highest total for any player over the past five seasons behind only Conor McDavid (549) and Leon Drystle (479).

McKinnon has 2,401 career shots on goal, the fourth-most in franchise history and the second-most of any player since his debut on October 1, 2013 (Alex Ovechkin, 3012). MacKinnon set a single-game franchise record with 14 shots on February 25, 2022 against Winnipeg, the most NHL players since November 10, 2015 (Ovechkin 15 in Detroit). He has placed in the top 10 in picks on five occasions, including leading the league in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.

MacKinnon has 93 points (41g/52a) in 70 playoffs, the third-highest points/game average (1.33) in post-season history behind only Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61). McKinnon was the fourth fastest player in National Hockey League history to reach 80 playoff points during his career (59 games, tied with Sidney Crosby) and the sixth fastest to 90 points (68 games, tied with Dennis Savard). His 93 points are seventh from 70 playoffs in NHL history.

McKinnon has been named as the Central Division captain in each of the last three NHL All-Star games and selected for five consecutive midseason classics, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history behind Sakic (eight, 1989-90 to 1997-98), Michelle Jules (six years, 1982-83 to 1987-88) and Peter Forsberg (six years, 1995-96 to 2000-01). McKinnon and Sakic (2006-2007) are the only Avalanche players to ever captain the All-Star Team.

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, McKinnon was the youngest player to ever win the Calder Cup (18 years, 224 days) and was named to the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team. He was the youngest player in franchise history to debut (18 years, 31 days).

Before he became a professional, McKinnon led the Halifax Mooseheads to their first major junior hockey tournament in Quebec and their first-ever Memorial Cup title in 2012-13.

At the international level, McKinnon represented the North American team at the Hockey World Cup. He has represented Canada at three IIHF World Championships (2014, 2015, 2017), and helped his country to the gold medal in 2015. He also played for his country at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships.