Keeping Top Draft Pick The Right Call For Colorado Avalanche So Far

By Jonathan Katje
Colorado Avalanche
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With this summer’s draft class being one of the deepest in recent memory, it should come as little surprise that the Colorado Avalanche are fielding offers from multiple teams for the first overall pick they currently possess. So far, the Avalanche seem intent on hanging onto that pick, and it appears it will take a huge offer to get them to reconsider. That also likely means they know which of the top three players – Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin – they are targeting this summer.

The Calgary Flames were reported to have offered the Avalanche all three of their first round picks for the top overall pick, but even that offer was not enough to get the Avalanche interested. The Flames’ top pick is sixth overall, which would eliminate Colorado’s chances of landing one of the top three players and was likely the “deal-breaker” here.

Now, it appears the Buffalo Sabres are also interested in making a deal. They may not be able to offer the draft pick package that the Flames put on the table, but if there’s a deal that includes winger Thomas Vanek or goaltender Ryan Miller the Avalanche would certainly be wise to at least give it a listen. A new front office and coaching staff so far has not received an offer good enough to sway them from their top target in the draft, and Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Josh Kroenke deserve credit for holding firm if they believe one of those top three players can have an immediate impact for their team. As the draft inches closer, the number and quality of offers they will be receiving should only increase.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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