It's been a weird off-season so far. I started out on the Drouin wagon, but have since jumped to MacKinnon... but I have a gut feeling about this one. I think that if MacKinnon goes first, Barkov is probably next on DT's board. So if the Av's take Jones, we get Mac and everyone goes home happy. But if Colorado takes Mac first, then I think we drop down to 3rd or 4th and take Barkov. Just my gut.
That said? We can't go wrong with any of those 4. We're going to be a better team in 4.5 hours, regardless.
My gut (maybe it's more hope) says the Panthers move up to 1 and don't have to give up an arm and a leg to do so. From the wording the Avs have used, I don't think they are married to Mac. I think it can get done for something like a 2nd and mid level prospect.
If not, I think it's a two horse race between Jones and Barkov and would be happy with either one.