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There’s still ‘a lot work to do,’ but the Avalanche are well on their way



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.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as, and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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