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Seth Jones won't be offended if Avalanche draft a forward instead of him at No. 1

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By John Vogl

NEW YORK -- Seth Jones has been ranked No. 1 by NHL Central Scouting all year. When the Colorado Avalanche won the draft lottery, it seemed liked a no-brainer that they'd stick with the rankings and take the former Denver resident and Avs fan with the first pick.

But the Avs have indicated they're leaning toward center Nathan MacKinnon, with Jonathan Drouin also a possibility. Jones understands the logic and Colorado's outspokenness.

"That’s the first time in a long time that anyone’s came out like that, but I don’t blame them," Jones said. "I’m not taking it personally. It’s professional sports. It would have been a nice story, but at the same time they’ve got to make a decision. It’s definitely a tough one this year. Nathan’s a great player, along with Jonathan."

Jones then displayed his knowledge of draft history.

"I mean, one’s very special, but Chris Pronger’s been No. 2, Drew Doughty has been No. 2, so there’s been a lot of good defensemen and players in general that have gone on to have great careers," he said.


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