No bluff here.
The Colorado Avalanche stuck with its word and selected prized center Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, putting to rest any suspicion the Avs would take defenseman Seth Jones. Jones ended up sliding to Nashville as the fourth pick.
Selecting MacKinnon solidifies a young core of forwards for the Avalanche. MacKinnon joins MattDuchene, the third pick in the 2009 draft, and captain Gabriel Landeskog, the second pick in the 2011 draft, as lottery picks the Avalanche has stockpiled over the past few seasons with hopes of developing a dominant offense. The Avalanche front office were high on the 17 year old MacKinnon who has drawn comparisons to NHL all-stars Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Jonathan Toews.
Nathan MacKinnon (Photo: PC/Liam Richards)
The Avalanche finished the draft after selecting five defenseman and a goalie, paying much attention to the team’s defensive woes after selecting MacKinnon. None of the defenseman dra...