Fellow Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native Sidney Crosby said MacKinnon is in the category of Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin and Edmonton star Connor McDavid as players who can take over games.
"I think it's exciting to build an identity and have a fresh start," Crosby said. "When we won, we didn't sit here talking about June. Just like the fact that we got swept last year, it really doesn't matter at this point. We're all starting from the same spot."