The posturing continues today as President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic re-affirmed the statement made by VP of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy just a few days ago.
That statement was that the Avalanche were leaning towards a forward in the 2013 NHL Draft, more than likely Halifax star Nathan MacKinnon, instead of top defenseman Seth Jones.
They even went so far as to have their Director of Amateur Scouting, Rick Pracey, give his quote that the team would indeed be taking a forward. Via NHL.com:
“One thing about Nathan, clearly his body of work throughout the year has been really good,” Pracey said during the organization’s annual pre-draft conference call with the media on Wednesday. “He’s a player that has withstood the pressures of a draft year. He has withstood the pressures of high expectations and the comparables that he has been held accountable to, not only this year but the past couple of years.”
I’m sure the team has clear interests in MacKinnon at this point but why else would a team be so transparent in its intentions for the first pick? They may like MacKinnon but they’re hoping someone else likes him a little more.
If the Avalanche could drop back to the second or third pick, still get their guy, while netting a few assets in the process, wouldn’t that be for the best? Of course it would.
We’ll find out if all this posturing by the Avalanche will pay off in the end or just end up a lot of talk as they make their selection. Tune into the draft on June 30th to find out.
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