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MacKinnon Named To NHL's Second All-Star Team

First Avalanche player to be named to an NHL All-Star Team since 2013-14

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The National Hockey League announced this evening that Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon  has been named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team for the 2017-18 season. 

He's the first player to be selected to an NHL All-Star Team since Semyon Varlamov was named to the second team for the 2013-14 campaign. Voting for the NHL All-Star Team is conducted among the representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the season.  

MacKinnon finished fifth in league scoring with 97 points (39g/58a) in 74 games, becoming the first Avalanche player to end a season among the NHL's top five scorers since Sakic (T-2nd) in 2003-04. MacKinnon ranked second in the NHL in points-per-game (1.31), and tied for the league lead with 12 game-winning goals, matching the Avalanche record set by Sakic in 2000-01. Three of those winners were overtime goals, equaling a single-season franchise record.

MacKinnon's 97 points were the most by an Avalanche player since 2006-07 (Sakic, 100), his 39 goals were the most since 2002-03 (Milan Hejduk, 50) and his 58 assists were the most since 2009-10 (Paul Stastny, 59).

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native tied for the league lead with nine multi-goal games, the most by a Colorado player since 2002-03 (Hejduk, 9). He notched 13 three-point performances, second in the NHL, and the most by an Avalanche skater since 2002-03 (Forsberg, 14). MacKinnon was the first Avalanche player to register a five-point game twice in a season since Stastny in 2007-08, and he joined the Mathew Barzal (three times) as the only NHL players with multiple five-point games in 2017-18. MacKinnon's 27 multi-point efforts were the most by a Colorado player since 2006-07 (Sakic, 28), while his 284 shots were the most by an Avs player since 2000-01 (Sakic, 332).

Among the league leaders, MacKinnon finished tied for ninth in goals, tied for 11th in assists, ranked eighth in shots and tied for 13th in power-play goals (12). He was the first NHL player to record 12-plus game-winning goals and 12-plus power-play tallies in the same season since 2011-12 (Steven Stamkos).

MacKinnon was the NHL's leading scorer at home with 67 points (27g/40a) in 39 contests, tying the Avalanche record for home points set by Sakic in 2000-01. It was the most points by an NHL player in his own building since 2011-12 (Evgeni Malkin, 67).

MacKinnon participated in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa on Jan. 28, the first Avalanche player to be selected to two straight All-Star Games since Sakic in 2003-04 and 2006-07. He was named one of the NHL's Three Stars of the Week on four occasions this year, the first Colorado player to earn four weekly honors in a season since the three stars began in 2006-07. He scored 15 percent of the Avalanche's goals and had a hand in 38 percent.

MacKinnon was named the NHL's First Star of the Month in November, the first Avalanche player to be named First Star of the Month since Craig Anderson in October of 2009. He scored his 100th career goal on Feb. 20 at Vancouver-becoming the third-youngest player in franchise history to reach the century mark (22 years, 172 days)-and tallied his 300th NHL point on April 1 at Anaheim. MacKinnon compiled a career-high, 14-game point streak from Feb. 24-March 22, the third-longest streak in the NHL this season (Taylor Hall 19, Patrik Laine 15). He went on to finish second on the team with six points (3g/3a) in six games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This marks the second post-season award of MacKinnon's career, as he captured the 2013-14 Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. At 18 years, 224 days, he was the youngest player to ever win the Calder and was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team that year. The first overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon has totaled 303 points (114g/189a) in 374 career NHL games. He was the youngest player in franchise history to make his debut at 18 years, 31 days.

Below is a list of the Avalanche/Nordiques All-Star Team selections.

1982-83

Michel Goulet (second team)

1983-84

Michel Goulet (first team)

1985-86

Michel Goulet (first team)

1986-87

Michel Goulet (first team)

1987-88

Michel Goulet (second team)

1996-97

Sandis Ozolinsh (first team)

1997-98

Peter Forsberg (first team)

1998-99

Peter Forsberg (first team)

2000-01

Ray Bourque (first team)

Joe Sakic (first team)

Rob Blake (second team)

2001-02

Patrick Roy (first team)

Joe Sakic (first team)

Rob Blake (second team)

2002-03

Peter Forsberg (first team)

Milan Hejduk (second team)

2003-04

Joe Sakic (first team)

2013-14

Semyon Varlamov (second team)

2017-18

Nathan MacKinnon (second team)

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