Joe Sakic is on the record as having said the Avalanche will not take defenseman Seth Jones, who grew up an Avalanche fan with the number one pick. Instead a team with multiple top five picks at forward will take another forward at the first pick.
10.3: The Avalanche have decided to use the Edmonton Oilers as their model for rebuilding a franchise.
9.3: As Sakic can tell you from personal experience the game is played today exactly the way it was in 1995 and having top flight mobile, two way defenseman has never won anyone a championship.
8.3: A secret cabal of owners led by the shadowy and diabolical Jeremy Jacobs have intimidated the Kroenke brothers into keeping the Avalanche a bubble team forever.
7.3: Sakic bets they will easily be able to successfully sign all of Calgary’s RFA defenseman to offer sheets.
6.3: Seth Jones didn’t have the good sense to be born a Canadian so they don’t want him.
5.3: Smooth skating, big bodied, right shooting defensemen have almost no value in the NHL.
4.3: Jones won’t be old enough to go to Vegas with the boys for a couple years and there is no sense in disrupting a locker room that produces so well on the ice.
3.3: Matt Hunwick has threatened to sit out if his status as time on ice leader for the team is threatened.
3: Patrick Roy only agreed to coach the team if they drafted exclusively from the QMJHL.
2: The UFA market featuring franchise cornerstones like Mathieu Roy, Cam Barker, and Jordie Benn will more than suffice to push them into the Stanley Cup Finals next season.
1: The plan with a little luck and no improvements on defense this year is to be able to draft Connor McDavid first in 2015.