Avalanche’s MacKinnon leads race for Calder

The number of precocious newcomers to the NHL seems to increase annually, and that’s made handicapping the Calder Trophy race for 2013-14 more difficult than predicting exactas.

But there’s something about Nathan MacKinnon’s makeup. Life in the League immediately became routine for the 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche rookie, who was taken No. 1 in a fertile 2013 NHL Draft.

“First time I met him I realized this is going to be a piece of cake for him on his own,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Off the ice you can’t tell he’s a rookie. He’s certainly one of the guys on the ice. He’s gotten more and more comfortable as the season has gone along and gotten better and better and has been one our best players over the past couple of months.”

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