Seth Jones Is Ideal Fit for Colorado Avalanche with No. 1 Overall Pick

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He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in the 2013 World Junior Championships and he has been a stalwart for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks. Jones totaled 56 points in 61 regular-season games this year and already has 13 points in 15 playoff contests. His offensive acumen can be measured, but he is solid defensively as well and already has an NHL body at 6’4″ and 206 lbs. Jones is a complete defenseman and there is no doubt that the Avalanche need help in that area. Erik Johnson hasn’t become the stud rearguard they hoped he would develop into when they traded for him, so there is an obvious void that needs to be filled. If Colorado ultimately selects Jones with the No. 1 overall pick, it would also be a historical event. The highest-drafted black player in NHL history is currently Winnipeg Jets’ forward Evander Kane, who was taken No. 4 overall back in 2009. Jones would be the first African-American top pick in NHL history and a potential barrier-breaker for future players. The Avs are a team in turmoil; they finished last in the Western Conference this season and fired head coach Joe Sacco . source:

Avalanche fire coach Joe Sacco

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EDT April 28, 2013 Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco has missed the playoffs the past three seasons. (Photo: Matt Kartozian, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights No replacement was immediately announced Avalanche finished with the worst record in the West Sacco missed the playoffs the past three seasons The NHL’s second offseason axe fell Sunday when the Colorado Avalanche announced that they had fired coach Joe Sacco. No replacement was announced. The Avalanche finished with the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in the league. “The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward,” said Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman. “Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future.” The Dallas Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on Sunday. MORE: Stars fire Nieuwendyk Sacco, who arrived from the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate in 2009, reached the playoffs in his first season but missed the postseason the last three. Sacco had been given a two-year extension last summer after the Avalanche improved from 68 points to 88, though they still finished seven points out of a playoff berth. He has a year left on his contract. source:

NHL Draft Lottery: Avalanche ‘discussing’ Jones as possible No. 1 pick

1 pick 6 Comments Getty Images The Colorado Avalanche won the first overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, and it’s looking as though that team will have a good, long look at taking Seth Jones with the No. 1 selection. “This gives us a chance to improve our club and add to a strong group of young players,” said the Avalanche’s director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey. “(Jones) is interesting, unique to our market. … Clearly he’s a name that we’re discussing, and we look forward to sitting down with him and getting to know him better.” Jones, a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League and the top-ranked prospect by NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau heading into the draft, also has family ties to Denver. His father, Popeye Jones, played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. For the Avalanche, Monday’s lottery win is big news for the franchise, which finished last in the Western Conference standings. “Clearly, given the talent we have on this team right now, we’re adding another elite prospect to the solid foundation that we have,” Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman told . “It is certainly a big day for the franchise; it’s a big night for our fans and we’re very excited about the outcome tonight.” source:

Colorado Avalanche win lottery for first overall pick in NHL draft

They’re different, they bring different qualities to the game and that’s exciting. We’re looking forward to getting one of those players.” And Tallon has a definite idea of the kind of player he’ll be looking for in New Jersey. “I like offence,” he said. “I like puck-moving defencemen, I like to score goals. “I like to play an exciting brand of hockey so some of those players will help us do that.” Nashville GM David Poile liked the drama the intrigue created by the new lottery format. He said the prospect of landing a top-flight prospect will help lessen his disappointment of the Predators missing the post-season. “It’s not fun being a non-playoff team and being in the bottom five of the league,” he said. “But having said that this is a terrific year. “The top five or six players are outstanding so we’re going to be rewarded very nicely for not making the playoffs . . . so from that standpoint we’re very happy.” So too was Carolina GM Jim Rutherford. source:


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