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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche is going to rue the day it passed on the chance to draft Seth Jones. I couldn't shake that feeling Sunday after attending the team's NHL draft watch gathering at Chopper's Sports Grill. Chopper Travaglini — the legendary former Nuggets trainer who died in 1999 — indirectly helped convince me. His picture hangs inside the restaurant named after him.

After the Avalanche claimed Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall choice in Newark, N.J., I could see Chopper, gravelly voiced even when healthy, squinting and saying, as he often did, "Something here just doesn't feel right."

Something here just doesn't feel right.

For nearly a year, Jones — the American-born defenseman for major junior's Portland Winterhawks — was built up as the likely No. 1 overall choice in 2013. The comparisons flowed in, to Nick Lidstrom, to Chris Pronger, to more. Jones was poised beyond his years, he controlled games, he was an NHL great waiting to happen. And the kicker: He came with a greatstorythat was tied to Denver and to both the Nuggets and Avalanche.


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Primis's avatar

I hate, hate, HATE the whole geographical ties thing.  This is the NHL, not the minors.  You should draft who the best player is for you, period.  Jones’ ties to Denver should be irrelevant.

That said, how on earth Colorado (whose defense is atrocious and has no help coming) can pass on Jones is entirely beyond me.

Honestly?  If I’d been COL maybe I trade down, and take Nurse, or Ristolainen, and get something else like a later pick or a player.  Because COL needs lots of help still.

Posted by Primis on 07/01/13 at 12:40 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

LOL  Let the Patrick Roy era begin

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/01/13 at 12:42 PM ET

Mandingo's avatar

That said, how on earth Colorado (whose defense is atrocious and has no help coming) can pass on Jones is entirely beyond me.

Posted by Primis on 07/01/13 at 12:40 PM ET

I said it in one of the threads yesterday: The more interviews I see with this kid, the more I think his stock dropping was a character issue.

I’m getting a strong whiff of “locker room cancer” and primadonna emanating from him.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 07/01/13 at 01:19 PM ET


Never fear, I’m sure Colorado will do a much better job with the number 1 pick in 2014.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/01/13 at 04:38 PM ET

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