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Colorado wins NHL Draft Lottery, will pick first overall

Apr 29, 2013, 8:25 PM EST

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The Colorado Avalanche have won the NHL Draft Lottery, the first in league history where all 14 participants had a shot at the No. 1 overall pick.

As such, the Avs now hold the right to select first at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 30 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

Colorado came into the lottery with the second-best odds of winning, at 18.8 percent.

With the win, the Avs now have their choice of prospects in what’s been described as a top-heavy draft class.

The consensus No. 1, according to the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, is Seth Jones, the WHL Portland defenseman that starred with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior tournament.

Jones is familiar with the Denver area (his father, ex-NBAer Popeye Jones, spent one season playing for the Nuggets) and played with both the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds as a youth.

The 18-year-old also grew up a big Avalanche fan.

“When they won the Cup in 2001, that was real exciting and definitely got me more into it,” Jones told the Denver Post. “I went to a ton of Avs games.

“Just getting to watch such great players like Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy and all the others in person like I did was great and a huge influence on me.”

Of course, it isn’t a guarantee that Colorado will select Jones. Right behind him in the draft rankings is Nathan MacKinnon, the Quebec League scoring sensation from Halifax.

Sitting third in the rankings is MacKinnon’s teammate, Jonathan Drouin, who scored a whopping 105 points in 49 QMJHL games this season.

Here is the full order of picks:

14th — Columbus (stayed same)
13th — Winnipeg (stayed same)
12th — Phoenix (stayed same)
11th — Philadelphia (stayed same)
10th — Dallas (stayed same)
9th — New Jersey (stayed same)
8th — Buffalo (stayed same)
7th — Edmonton (stayed same)
6th — Calgary Flames (stayed same)
5th — Carolina (stayed same)
4th — Nashville (stayed same)
3rd — Tampa Bay (stayed same)
2nd — Florida Panthers (move down one spot)
1st — Colorado (moved up one spot)

Of note, this marks the fourth time the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise has chosen first overall, but the first since the move to Colorado.

Quebec selected Mats Sundin (1989), Owen Nolan (1990) and Eric Lindros (1991) with the No. 1 pick before moving to Denver in 1995.

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  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Defo rigged, he grew up in Denver didn’t he?

    • burke348 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      No more rigged than the 2005 lottery was…Ahem.

      • therealjr - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Nothing will ever be as rigged as that was. Lemieux gets paid, doesn’t have to sell out and let the team move. New arena is agreed upon in about 15 minutes. NHL’s problems all magically go away with one “lucky” ping pong ball.

  2. fonz1080 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Reblogged this on back bar hockey.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Hope this guy turns out to be the player everyone expects him to be, it will be cool to see a non white player that dominates

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Yeah cause Jarome Iginla wasn’t the best player in the NHL for at least a brief period of time…

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        No your right he wasn’t

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    What debate? It’s Jones all the way.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Agreed. Jones fits both “Need” and “Best available” criteria.

      The Avs had defensive issues the entire year. This kid is an immediate upgrade and will be given time to develop along with the rest of the Avs young core.

      HUGE win for the Avs.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    What a waste of time ha.

  6. ryanw822 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Colorado winning the sweepstakes for a Denver kid??? Shocker!

    Too bad Luis Mendoza from D2 wasnt the top overall prospect. The Panthers would have won the lotto then.

  7. hockeyfan28 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Should be the first three picks not just number 1 like the NBA

  8. tdrusher225 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    No question you got to take Jones if you’re Colorado

  9. acorp11 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Come home Seth!!!

  10. steelers88 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Man Florida can’t even win in the lottery.

    • lateralous - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I think this works out fine for the Panthers. Now they can just take the forward they really need without having to pass on a guy like Jones who has such high expectations.

  11. 19to77 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Avs have no need for more centres and scoring is far from a priority issue for them compared to the importance of upgrading their back-end stability. This pretty much defaults Jones to first overall.

  12. nodindenver - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    The way it should be; the team that has not won diddly since having stud defensemen, is going to get one. Even better is that he will be coming home! Best thing that has happened to the Avs franchise in quite some time.

  13. deezenucks - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Calgary did them self no favors by actually winning a few down the stretch. They needed one if those top 3 picks this year for their rebuild.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      It hasn’t worked for Edmonton

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      I agree they could really use McKinnon or Barkov, they do have 4 picks in the top 36 and some marketable names on their roster, maybe they can trade up to get one of them?

  14. mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    …and so is the punishment for being the best college player

  15. jimw81 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    flyers are defiantly trading their pick

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      WHY? Zadorov might be there still….6’5″, 230, and not slow. The guy is a TANK. If they pass on that…fire ‘em all.

  16. z561 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Huberdeau and Mackinnon will be a very nice combo for many years down in sunny south Florida.

  17. ducksk - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Poor Avs. Until they get rid of pepe le peau, Billington and Sherman they go no where. Front office a laughing stock of NHL’ers. E Stan needs to be the man, he doesn’t care about Avs unless they make him more millions. Which they will never do with frenchy pepe and his clowns in charge. Strap on a pair for once E. Stan!!!

  18. lordfletcher - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Huge break for Colorado but I feel bad for Jones.

    It’t not easy to play for your hometown, plenty of Minnesotans say they never want to play for the Wild, especially in their rookie years.

    Some can handle it, some can’t. Will be interesting but I would think Jones would prefer to play elsewhere if he was given the choice

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      The comparison is no where near being close. Being a hockey prospect growing up in a hockey first town like Minnisota would carry tons of pressure. But jones is not a “homegrown” kid. He wasn’t born here, just fell in love with hockey here. He played a couple seasons of youth hockey here but all his milestone hockey achievements took place elsewhere.

      Most Coloradans are oblivious to his Denver connection and they’d only pressure him to be great here if he was the starting QB for the Broncos.

      Seth will be fine. Look forward to watching him develop.

  19. hines86for6 - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    1. Seth Jones (Avs)
    2. MacKinnon (FLA)
    3. Druin (sp). (TB)
    4. Barkov (Nash)

    As a Preds fan, I’ll take whichever forward is left of the 3.

  20. andidee15 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I’m excited that we have a shot at Jones, but I’m actually hoping Sherman is shopping the pick. A trade for #1 Overall could help with a number of other needs – such as a proven defenseman and a top 6 winger – and set us up well for the next decade. Even, say, half the return of the Lindros trade would be outstanding for this franchise (former 1st round roster player, roster player, top prospect, 1st round pick).

    It’s unlikely to happen and I’m excited to see Seth Jones at training camp next year, but I hope it’s something that’s highly considered.

  21. Plumber 65 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    That’s the type of thinking that gets Sherman in trouble over and over . Avs have got to take jones and let him develop here. Yes a prospect is a prospect but the kids worth a shot.

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