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Spit take: Avalanche plan on skipping Seth Jones, taking a forward

Stunning news per the Denver Post's Adrian Dater:

If the Avalanche keeps the top pick in the June 30 NHL draft, it won't take the formerly presumptive candidate, defenseman Seth Jones.

After a week of internal meetings, Avalanche brass came to a conclusion: Jones won't be their pick. Instead, it could be any one of three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov.

"If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.

The passing over of Jones no doubt will come as a shock to many Avs fans and NHL watchers. Jones, 18, is still ranked as the top-rated prospect available in next Sunday's draft on the lists of some scouting services. The Avs have seemingly glaring needs at defense and a surplus of centers — the position at which MacKinnon and Barkov play, while Drouin is a winger.

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shanetx's avatar

I’ve been saying all along that the Avalanche are dying to screw this up.  I love being right.  Please don’t change your mind, Avs.  Go with your totally screwball, practically-insane gut!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/19/13 at 12:18 AM ET

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Roy going for a Quebec leaguer isn’t a surprise, but a dumb move. The league is becoming more defensive, not less. Jones is the best pick.

Posted by timbits on 06/19/13 at 12:35 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Sakic must be joking. If he’s not, then this just goes along with my theory that former star players make horrible managers.

Jones is a right-handed, power defenseman who can contribute in both ends of the rink. That kind of player comes around once every 10 years.
Also, I firmly believe that Drouin is better suited as a centre. I could see the team that drafts him, move him to the middle similar to what Philly did with Giroux.

And like timbits said, the league is all about defense now.
Those top forwards will probably be 60-point forwards, which aren’t that hard to find these days.

I’m sure Florida won’t mind taking the obvious choice though.
And because I hate the Avs, I’m glad Sakic and Roy are in charge. That should help keep that organization down for another few season.
(My prediction is that one or both of those guys are out of a job in 2 to 3 seasons).

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/19/13 at 08:50 AM ET

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