This comparison should be close. Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers are only one day apart in age. They were the first two selections in the 2013 draft and they immediately entered the NHL. They play the same position. Both players remain with their original teams. Both are high scorers who receive a ton of ice time. Their salaries are relatively equal. However, I do not believe that the comparison is close. One of the players has established a higher value than the other. Let’s take a look at the reasons why.
Both Barkov and MacKinnon have enjoyed a great deal of personal success. They started their NHL careers immediately after their 18th birthdays. Neither of their teams had qualified for the playoffs during the season prio...
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Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.