The NHL Draft takes place today which means we will finally get an answer to the question of what the Colorado Avalanche plan on doing with the No. 1 overall pick. Many thought that Seth Jones, the player many believe to be the best prospect in the class, would be the first pick but according to Denver Post writer Dan Gelston the Av’s appear to be leaning towards 17-year old forward Nathan MacKinnon.
Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenseman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche are leaning toward choosing a forward, perhaps the 17-year-old MacKinnon.
Should they pass up Seth Jones, the Av’s will be one of the most talked about teams in the draft but not everyone will buy into the decision. When you get a chance to take the best player in the draft you typically take him. But give the Av’s credit for sticking to their guns — or what little of them we can see to judge– and for going against the grain to claim that the best guy in the draft isn’t the best guy for them.
“As far as MacKinnon, I could tell you he’s a heck of a player. Jones is a heck of a player,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said, via the Denver Post. “It’s the same thing with Drouin. They’re all premier players in the future for the NHL.”
There is still plenty of time before we get a decision on the No. 1 pick and the Avalanche can still go in a number of directions from trading the pick to buckling and taking Jones. We won’t know until they make the call from the podium and even then, the debate will have just officially begun.