Nathan MacKinnon showed once again why he's the top offensive player available for the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Halifax Mooseheads center, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for this year's draft, showcased his full offensive arsenal, scoring a second-period hat trick as his team cruised to a 7-4 victory against the Portland Winterhawks in round-robin play at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Saturday at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The game was billed as MacKinnon against Portland defenseman Seth Jones, Central Scouting's top-ranked North American skater -- they're expected to be the first two players picked at this year's draft. It marked the fourth time they had met on the ice this season. MacKinnon and Canada beat Jones and the U.S. in the preliminary round at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Jones got his revenge with a 5-1 win in the semifinals en route to winning the gold medal. Jones' Team Orr also beat MacKinnon's Team Cherry at the 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.