May 28 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche executive of hockey operations Joe Sakic (right) and head coach Patrick Roy (center) and president Josh Kroenke (left) pose for a photo during a press conference held at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche May Trade First Overall Pick

According to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, the Colorado Avalanche are considering trading the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  While the Avalanche are surely in a position which any GM in the NHL would envy, the Avalanche could choose to move the first overall pick to get two top picks this year.

According to the Avalanche’s Executive Vice President Joe Sakic,

We haven’t decided what we’re going to do in the draft. We haven’t decided which player we’re going to take at No. 1. We haven’t decided if we’re going to take a player at No. 1. There are lot of options we can discuss, and we will be discussing.  We’re not set in stone with what we’re going to do. We might take the first pick, we might take the second guy or we might not. That’s the exciting thing about having the first pick, especially this year.

Kizsla is not the only one who thinks it is a very real possibility that the Av’s trade their first overall pick.  Adrian Dater thinks so too…

If the Avalanche do decide to trade the first overall pick, it may be good news for the St. Louis Blues.  While the Blues would love to get their hands on the first overall pick this year, or really any first round pick, the Blues could benefit just from the Av’s losing their first choice.  With divisions being redrawn, the Blues are going to be matching up against the Avalanche for a long time to come and competing with them for a playoff spot.  Should the Blues be lucky enough not to faceoff against the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, or Jonathan Drouin they would be extremely lucky.

Only time will tell what the Av’s choose to do, but one thing is certain; this is going to be a very entertaining draft.

Stay tuned for more as we have it.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: 2013 NHL Draft Colorado Avalanche First Overall Pick Joe Sakic Jonathan Drouin Nathan MacKinnon Patrick Roy Seth Jones St. Louis Blues

  • Josh Temple

    Don’t put stock in anything Kiszla writes. Do put stock in what Dater writes.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I thought the same thing, but Kiszla had direct quotes. His opinions are universally ignored.

  • Jon G

    Kiszla is notoriously hated among Avalanche fans for his shallow, misguided writing. Ignore him.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Thanks for reading, Jon. I would have not paid any attention to Kiszla except that he had direct quotes.

  • Christopher-J Carlson

    I could see it happening, but only if one of the picks they get in return is the second or third pick overall. There’s no way they’re pass up one of Drouin, Jones or MacKinnon. And I could only see it being the third pick if there was some sort of three-way deal done. They have to be certain they’d be getting who they want.