Nathan MacKinnon was feeling a little nostalgic the morning of Colorado’s Game 5 matchup against Arizona. He said he was doing a little bit of reflecting on his time in Denver and the transformation of the Avalanche since his rookie season back in 2013.
MacKinnon has been through the soaring highs and the soul-crushing lows with this Avalanche team since then. From the 48-point season of 2016-17 to now being a Hart Trophy finalist on a team that is one of the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and has every expectation of doing such. Indeed, the landscape has changed quite a bit for MacKinnon and the Avalanche in a very short period of time.
“I was actually kind of looking back on my first year. It’s just Gabe, EJ and myself left. Things have changed a lot since then,” MacKinnon said.