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Av's not ready to lock Seth Jones as No. 1 draft pick

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03:12 PM ET 05.21 | The Colorado Avalanche may have a new head coach, but figuring out what to do with the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft is going to remain a top priority for the team. But while standout prospect Seth Jones is widely believed by many to be a lock for the top pick, Av's head scout Rick Pracey is telling people to pump the brakes when it comes to Colorado already having made up their minds about Jones and the No. 1 overall selection. Jones is the top prospect in this year's draft but he's clearly got some work to do before fully convincing the Avalanche he's the guy they need to draft in order to win Stanley Cups in the future. Then again, Pracey is likely just saying what he's saying about Jones due to protocol. Pracey is likely holding out to see if he can't get his front office some significant trade offers from teams looking to move up and take Jones.

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Seth Jones, AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Liam Richards Seth Jones, AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Liam Richards
May 21, 2013  11:00 PM ET

A "likely" story.....

May 21, 2013  11:30 PM ET

stay tuned....more "not ready's" to follow.

May 22, 2013  02:04 AM ET

File under H for hyperbole. Or under W for whatever.

May 22, 2013  07:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A "likely" story.....

Yep. They're just having fun messing with the Florida Panthers. Making them sweat and drool at the same time. Can't think of any other sane reason they'd be doing this.

May 22, 2013  07:34 AM ET

So, they may or may not draft him. What an 'in-depth' story this is.

May 22, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So, they may or may not draft him. What an 'in-depth' story this is.

exactly

May 22, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So, they may or may not draft him. What an 'in-depth' story this is.

It all depends on what "is" is or ... if there is a "there" there. One thing you can count on: Denver fans will go "nuckelar" is they pass up on him.

May 22, 2013  12:12 PM ET

I guarantee they will pick someone. I don't get the passing in the later rounds, even - how did no one pick Krug??

 
May 22, 2013  02:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yep. They're just having fun messing with the Florida Panthers. Making them sweat and drool at the same time. Can't think of any other sane reason they'd be doing this.

And it's not like the other top prospects (Drouin, McKinnon I think? Cant recall at the moment) would be bad for Florida or Colorado really. Although the Avs would probably really like to use the "hometown hero" aspect for marketing purposes, etc.

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