For months now, it's seemed as though Seth Jones's status as the top prospect in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft was on solid footing, and with the Colorado Avalanche holding the pick, it's almost become a formality... but Halifax's Nathan MacKinnon is doing his best to remind everyone just how highly touted he is.
His hat trick in Saturday's game over Jones's Portland Winterhawks set the tone for a 7-4 drubbing that turned heads all over North America. It was enough to make Adrian Dater of the Denver Post wonder which blue chipper would be the better pick for his Colorado Avalanche.
MacKinnon is keeping his feet on the ground, however, and realizing that one solid outing on the biggest stage in junior hockey isn't going to supersede years of scouting and scrutiny. "The (NHL) teams here that are watching us have watched all of us play many times this year. I don't know how much this game is going to change anything," he said after the game. "Obviously it's nice to get a few (goals) but I just wanted to win and I'm glad we did."
The Mooseheads are favorites in this tournament, largely because of Nathan MacKinnon and fellow top-prospect Jonathan Drouin.
You can read a full recap of yesterday's Memorial Cup action right here. [Yahoo! Canada]
Further from home, but closer to our hearts, Loui Eriksson's contributions have pushed Sweden into the gold medal game of the World Hockey Championships. He scored two goals in their 3-0 victory over Finland, and will play against Switzerland in the gold medal game later today. [DallasStars.com]
In NHL action, the San Jose Sharks showed some signs of life, against the defending champs. Their overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings turned what could have been a 0-3 hole into a 1-2 series. [NHL.com]
While the Sharks were in the process of beating the Kings, Jonathan Quick may have been beating an official. TSN is reporting that his game misconduct penalty at the end of the game was for abuse of official. No word yet on what further action could be taken. [TSN.ca]
Finally, today's video goes back to the Winterhawks/Mooseheads matchup in Saskatoon. Arguably the worst rendition of the Star Spangled Banner you'll ever hear. Thankfully, the crowd of Saskachewanians knew the words well enough to help her finish before puck drop. Got to love how stoic the players on the ice remain. The same can not be said for those on the bench.
2013 Memorial Cup American National Anthem Screw Up - Halifax vs Portland - HD (via HockeySportsCast)