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MacKinnon on Jones: ‘Colorado would be lucky to have him’

May 29, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

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Nathan MacKinnon is riding high after winning the Memorial Cup, being named tournament MVP and overtaking Seth Jones as the No. 1-rated draft prospect in the ISS rankings.

Yet despite all that, MacKinnon remains grounded.

In fact, the Halifax Mooseheads standout told NHL.com that the Colorado Avalanche — holders of the first overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — would be “lucky” to acquire Jones’ services.

“All I know is that Seth is an unbelievable defenseman and Colorado would be lucky to have him,” MacKinnon explained. “Ultimately, it’s up to them and I expect they’ll make the right choice.”

Conventional wisdom suggests the Avs will select Jones at No. 1. He projects to be an elite blueliner at the professional level thanks to his skill set and size, and Colorado does need help on the blueline.

That said, there are plenty who suggest the No. 1 pick should be spent on MacKinnon — or his Halifax teammate, Jonathan Drouin.

ISS scouting director Dennis MacInnis said “to us, at this moment, the best player available is Nathan MacKinnon,” and proceeded to lump MacKinnon, Jones and Drouin in a group of “premier players in the future for the NHL.”

Drouin also edged out MacKinnon and Jones for the CHL’s Player of the Year award, adding another layer to the discussion.

And there’s another layer still — yesterday, new Avs head coach Patrick Roy said he’d like vice president of hockey ops Joe Sakic to explore trading the first overall pick.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Kid is not only an amazing player he’s also humble and has class. Should be fun watching him grow in the NHL. He’s going to be a great one.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      “…Colorado would be lucky to have him” – could also mean: “Colorado, please pick Jones not me, I deserve a better place” ;-)

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        You think? Second pick is Florida. Not sure if Avs is not the best place for him in light of the recently appointed VPs and coach. I suspect we’ll soon see Roy naming is asst. coaches, and something tells me they will be good ones.

      • jernster21 - May 29, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Head to head against Florida, the Avs can count the number of Stanley Cups on their middle finger.

  2. tcclark - May 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Personally I would love to go to Florida. Not only would MacKinnon get to live in Miami, but unlike in Colorado, he wouldn’t have to live in anyone’s shadow. Considering Olli Jokinen is the Franchises all-time leading point scorer, he could be the face of the franchise and have his number hanging in the rafters one day. In Colorado he’ll have to live in the shadow of his coach, his GM, and if Forsberg decides to come back for the twelfth time… his teammate.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Not to mention the ladies populating South Beach, and no state income tax.

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