The Avalanche proved they weren’t bluffing by picking Nathan MacKinnon first overall. I think MacKinnon is going to have to work hard this summer to make sure he makes the team in September-especially considering how many centers the Avs have. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Avs make a trade or two later today.
UPDATE: Jones fell to number four, and was taken by the Nashville Predators-a team in the Avs division. He will be playing with Shea Weber. Let that sink in.
UPDATE: MacKinnon apparently wrote when he was a little kid that he wanted “to play for the Halifax Mooseheads and play on a line with Joe Sakic in the NHL.” The Avs obviously only want to draft people who love the franchise.
UPDATE: Patrick Roy told Adrian Dater his plans for the top three lines starting out next season. They are as follows:
Ryan O’Reilly-Matt Duchene-P.A. Parenteau
Gabe Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Alex Tanguay
Jamie McGinn-Nathan MacKinnon-Steve Downie
I think these lines make quite a bit of sense. MacKinnon will be very well protected with McGinn and Downie-they’re both aggressive physical players who will create a lot of space for the new kid. Also, McGinn and Downie are both shooters, and that should allow MacKinnon to develop his playmaking skills. While it was tempting to put Landeskog on the line with Parenteau and Duchene (remember those three played together at the beginning of the season before Landeskog’s concussion), that would leave O’Reilly with Stastny and Tanguay. Three players who consider themselves playmakers first? As my mom said “the generosity on that line would be sickening.” Tanguay isn’t on his normal side, and O’Reilly hasn’t played winger at all during his professional career, but I think those two could be easily switched if things don’t look stellar at training camp. (Then O’Reilly would be on his off side for shooting, but he would be with Landeskog, with whom he is very comfortable, and Tanguay would be on his correct side. I think Roy is hesitant to put Tanguay on the “top” line-let’s be real the top two lines will receive equal time-simply because Tanguay is a little bit older.)
UPDATE: Avs made their second round draft pick, and chose Canadian defenseman Chris Bigras. Bigras is considered a two way player, a coach’s player. He also became the first defenseman the Avs have drafted since 2011. Bonus: Also his entire family was color-coordinated with turquoise clothing.
UPDATE: Avs used their third round pick to draft Spencer Martin, a goaltender. 3rd Canadian picked.
UPDATE: Avs choose Mason Geertsen with their fourth selection. He is a tall defenseman (6′ 3″).
UPDATE: MacKinnon announced his intention to take out Drouin’s knee in the first Colorado-Tampa Bay game.
UPDATE: Avs pick Will Butcher, an American defenseman with their fifth round pick. He’s undersized (5′ 9″) but skilled.
UPDATE: Avs pick Ben Storm, another US player. He’s large (6′ 6″).
UPDATE: With their final pick (assuming no trades are made) Avs pick Wilhelm Westlund. (As we like to say on intermission report Foxy Friday: Bonus Swede!)