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NHL Draft Lottery: Avalanche ‘discussing’ Jones as possible No. 1 pick

Apr 29, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche won the first overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, and it’s looking as though that team will have a good, long look at taking Seth Jones with the No. 1 selection.

“This gives us a chance to improve our club and add to a strong group of young players,” said the Avalanche’s director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey.

“(Jones) is interesting, unique to our market. … Clearly he’s a name that we’re discussing, and we look forward to sitting down with him and getting to know him better.”

Jones, a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League and the top-ranked prospect by NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau heading into the draft, also has family ties to Denver.

His father, Popeye Jones, played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.

For the Avalanche, Monday’s lottery win is big news for the franchise, which finished last in the Western Conference standings.

“Clearly, given the talent we have on this team right now, we’re adding another elite prospect to the solid foundation that we have,” Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman told

“It is certainly a big day for the franchise; it’s a big night for our fans and we’re very excited about the outcome tonight.”

  1. kaptaanamerica - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Fire Sherman before he gets to pick anyone.

  2. jernster21 - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    They’re discussing how soon they should publicly announce that they’re picking Jones and don’t f’ing call trying to swing a deal.

  3. profsudz - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    As a Twins fan, I can tell you that a team that likes to save money on paying for talent will never matter. Keep drafting top 3 picks all you want, glad to have you in our division next year

  4. lapsncaps - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    This would probably be a “dream come true” for Jones. His dad played for the Nuggets, and it is probably when he lived in Denver that got Seth hooked on hockey. Granted, this is when Seth was only 5 years old at that point, but it doesn’t matter the age, everyone in Denver played.

  5. jpelle82 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    pretty much a lock for jones in colorado. they have duchene, stasny, landeskog, oreilly – but never have i seen such a glaring hole in a roster as i have looking at the colorado blue line. at least florida had campbell…colorado was supposed to have erik johnson but man st louis seems to have won that deal – chris stewart is a beast and shattenkirk has been rock solid and durable while putting up points back there for the blues. it would be insane for them not to take jones

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

    The avs better not blow it, they need to fire Sherman soooooonn before he gets a chance!!!

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