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Avalanche factor out one-time No. 1

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07:27 AM ET 06.19 | My, what a difference a few weeks makes. If the Avalanche keeps the top pick in the June 30 NHL draft, it won't take the formerly presumptive candidate, defenseman Seth Jones. After a week of internal meetings, Avalanche brass came to a conclusion: Jones won't be their pick. Instead, it could be any one of three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov. "If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post. The passing over of Jones no doubt will come as a shock to many Avs fans and NHL watchers. Jones, 18, is still ranked as the top-rated prospect available in next Sunday's draft on the lists of some scouting services.

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Joe Sakic, Icon Sports Joe Sakic, Icon Sports
June 19, 2013  07:57 AM ET

I smell smoke

June 19, 2013  08:12 AM ET

The Avs were 25th in the league in goals scored per game and 27th in the league in goals against per game. The need help everywhere. However, offense sells tickets and defense wins championships.

June 19, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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However, offense sells tickets and defense wins championships.

and neither of these will be a concern in Colorado for sometime to come it seems

June 19, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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I smell smoke

Agreed. And you don't need a Marchand nose to do it either.

June 19, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Agreed. And you don't need a Marchand nose to do it either.

unless you want to smell smoke in Holland

June 19, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Agreed. And you don't need a Marchand nose to do it either.

Brad will be on the cover of Snorts Illustrated

June 19, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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unless you want to smell smoke in Holland

Well if you gotta smell smoke from anywhere that'd be my choice. :-)

June 19, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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Brad will be on the cover of Snorts Illustrated

You're hogging all the good lines.

June 19, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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unless you want to smell smoke in Holland

Holland? As in .... Ken Holland? What would he have to give up to get in on it? :-)

June 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Well if you gotta smell smoke from anywhere that'd be my choice. :-)

I suppose if you wanted to hash it out, that would be the choice

June 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Brad will be on the cover of Snorts Illustrated

that's pretty darned good right there...

June 19, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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that's pretty darned good right there...

I concur but I'm not looking forward to the Swimsuit Issue.

June 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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I suppose if you wanted to hash it out, that would be the choice

Like a "hot knife" through butter.

June 19, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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I concur but I'm not looking forward to the Swimsuit Issue.

just listen up, there might be a bit about "blessed are the big noses"

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June 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Brad will be on the cover of Snorts Illustrated

Oh, will it be a 3D cover?

Only way to do that schnozz justice

June 19, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Probably try to get someone from 2-4 to trade up and get additional prospects.

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June 19, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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some highly touted d-men DONT develop the way that they're supposed to....a scoring forward seems like a safer bet.

right...
Like radek Bonk

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