Drafting dynamic young defenseman Seth Jones would be marketing gold for the Colorado Avalanche. Jones grew up playing hockey in Denver and he could some day become the face of the franchise.
Naturally the Avalanche are considering trading the first overall pick – and their shot at Jones – for more immediate help.
The new Joe Sakic/Patrick Roy management team wants to make a splash this summer. Dealing the top pick could achieve that goal at great long-term cost to the franchise.
“We haven't decided what we're going to do in the draft. We haven't decided which player we're going to take at No. 1,” Sakic told the Denver Post. “We haven't decided if we're going to take a player at No. 1. There are lot of options we can discuss, and we will be discussing.
“We're not set in stone with what we're going to do. We might take the first pick, we might take the second guy or we might not. That's the exciting thing about having the first pick, especially this year.”