I suggested earlier this week that the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to make a drastic move to find a way to get Seth Jones in the 2013 NHL Draft. It appears from recent events, though, that the team may not have to do anything like that.
It has been reported that the Colorado Avalanche are likely going to pass on the defenseman to take one of the forwards. This leaves a valuable chance for Tampa Bay to get the player they need without having to give anyone away in the process.
The Lightning have the third pick and if Colorado goes elsewhere, Jones would be around for the Florida Panthers with the second pick. They appear to be inclined to take a forward as well, and that may leave a situation where Jones could be had with the third pick. He is the most NHL-ready player in this draft and would definitely help Tampa Bay’s struggling defense improve.
It almost seems too good to be true at this point that Jones could even get to the third pick after all the publicity that has been given to him being a lifelong fan of the Avalanche. Player don’t often get to play for their favorite team, though, and that looks like the case here.
I have to hope that the Lightning don’t waste too much time on the clock if he falls into their lap on June 30. Tampa Bay may have one more big run left in them behind the scoring of Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos if they are lucky enough to get Jones.