Found June 27, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Joe Sakic
TEAMS: Colorado Avalanche
Joe Sakic says Seth Jones will not be wearing an Avalanche sweater next season. Super Joe Sakic said it himself: the Colorado Avalanche will not be selecting heralded defenseman Seth Jones with the first pick in the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday. Sakic could be bluffing in his first draft calling the shots for the Avs, possibly attempting to lure other teams who fancy the three can’t-miss forwards - Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, and Aleksander Barkov  - into a deal.  This seems unlikely, however, because Sakic probably wants one of the forwards himself. The knock on Jones is that although he has size and skill, he is a defenseman, and history shows d-men haven’t panned out too well as the first pick.  The Avs know this all too well.  Erik Johnson, now with the Avs, was the last defenseman selected first in 2006 by the St. Louis Blues and hasn’t lived up to lofty expectations.  The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Johnson has been criticized for not being more physical and imposing his size on t...

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