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06-19-2013, 12:38 AM
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If the Avalanche keeps the top pick in the June 30 NHL draft, it won't take the formerly presumptive candidate, defenseman Seth Jones.
After a week of internal meetings, Avalanche brass came to a conclusion: Jones won't be their pick. Instead, it could be any one of three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov.
"If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.
But Sakic reiterated the organization's belief that the three forwards represent the best players available in the draft.
"We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up," Sakic said.
Smart. Sending different signals everywhere.

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