The NHL Entry Draft is ten days away and for some teams, the flurry activity is just beginning. Trades will be made leading up to the draft while other clubs are debating what to do with their pick, including the Colorado Avalanche.
Numerous reports have stated that the Avalanche new management, namely Joe Sakic, have said they will pass on Seth Jones with their number one pick come the end of the month. Instead of taking the smooth skating defenseman the Avalanche are said to be leaning towards forward Nathan MacKinnon who is likely the top forward available in this year’s crop of prospects.
Of course this could be a ploy to try and leverage another club to meet the ransom for what the Avs are currently asking in order to trade the first selection. We heard last week the Calgary Flames offered all three of their first round picks for the top spot which was ultimately denied by the Denver brass.
Florida sits at number two and with the realistic possibility of losing forward Stephen Weiss, a skilled forward who is set to become a free agent on July 5th, the Panthers may be in need of MacKinnon more so than Jones.
It’s hard to fathom the Avalanche thoughts on this one. They have a solid nucleus of young players after re-signing Ryan O’Reilly which also include Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene. All this chatter of passing on Jones and drafting a forward has led to further speculation that the Avs may be willing to trade Stastny who carries a big cap hit of $6.6 million.
Until that first name is read no one will truly know what to expect leading up until draft day. For now let’s get your opinion on the matter. Do you think the Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones? Take part in our poll and let your voice be heard.
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