The Colorado Avalanche may have a new head coach, but figuring out what to do with the No. 1 pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft is going to remain a top priority for the team moving forward. But while standout prospect Seth Jones is widely believed by many to be a lock for the top pick, Av’s head scout Rick Pracey is telling people to pump the brakes when it comes to Colorado already having made up their minds about Jones and the No. 1 overall selection.
“The No. 1 spot, it’s open,” Pracey said, via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. “You know, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin and Alexander Barkov, and you can go into other guys. There are others out there – Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm – that are very, very interesting players. It’s by far not a slam dunk. It’s not one player that’s running away with this thing.”
Jones is the top prospect in this year’s draft but he’s clearly got some work to do before fully convincing the Avalanche he’s the guy they need to draft in order to win Stanley Cups in the future.
Then again, Pracey is likely just saying what he’s saying about Jones due to protocol. While there are indeed other great players in the draft, Jones is the clear cut No. 1 prospect and Pracey is likely holding out to see if he can’t get his front office some significant trade offers from teams looking to move up and take Jones.
If the Av’s do have any doubts about Jones, they’ll likely be settled on May 27th when the NHL Draft Combine kicks off in Toronto. Colorado is going through some exciting changes and it’s still very likely that Seth Jones is trotted out as a name to add to the young and talented roster the Av’s have put together.