The 2013 season has been a campaign that the Colorado Avalanche would like to forget very soon. They currently sit in the bottom of the Western Conference and are tied with the Florida Panthers for the worst point total in the entire NHL, which just 26 on the season.
If you’d like to find the silver lining in all of this, it’s the fact that they are setting themselves up for a very favorable draft pick. And that draft pick would very likely be Seth Jones. Given how putrid this club is, from a defensive standpoint, Jones would be the obvious choice, should the Avs claim the no. 1 pick in the draft.
The Avalanche are currently 28th in the league in goals-against per game and are giving up almost 32 shots per. That’s hilariously bad. Enter, Seth Jones.
Jones has all the tools of a no. 1 defenseman. He’s a hulking presence, standing 6’4″ and over 200 pounds. He’s strong in his own end and fantastic with the puck. He can move it, he can make the smart passes, and he has a good shot from the blue line. He’s also a terrific leader. He’s the total package.
There’s often some sort of hesitation in selecting a defenseman so early. They take longer to develop than forwards do, though not as long as goaltenders. Jones promises to be the exception in this class. He’s a franchise-changing player. The Avalanche already have star power up front, but Jones would bring an entirely new element to this club.
There’s no guarantee that the Avalanche will get the no. 1 pick in this summer’s draft, but they’re going to be fighting for it until the bitter end. If they end up with that pick, it’s not even a question of who they would select. It would absolutely have to be Seth Jones. Right now, they’re in a position where he’s a real possibility. That likely won’t change before the summer.