MacKinnon returns to Avs' lineup on Thursday against Stars Staff

9/25/2013 3:05:25 PM

First overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon is back at full strength and will be in the lineup on Thursday when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Dallas Stars in pre-season action.

MacKinnon, who has been sidelined for the last three games with a hip flexor injury, took part in the team's Wednesday practice before heading to Dallas.

"It was a minor thing for sure, but it was kind of a gradual thing that was going on through camp," he told The Denver Post. "This was my first training camp, and I was a little tight before (his first preseason) game, and after the first period it just kind of flamed up a little bit. But I'm back ready to go, and excited to get my first road game."

The Avalanche will wrap up their preseason on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings in a neutral site game in Las Vegas.

MacKinnon helped lead the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads to a Memorial Cup title last season, leading the tournament with 13 points, scoring seven goals including a hat trick in the championship game and was chosen as tournament MVP. He also scored 32 goals and 75 points during the regular season for Halifax.