Nathan MacKinnon proving why he was selected No. 1 in draft

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center on...

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center on January 4, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

COLORADO - When dynamic Nathan MacKinnon was selected over defenceman Seth Jones as the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft last summer, the Colorado Avalanche said the choice was “an organizational decision.”

In reality, that’s just another way of saying MacKinnon was the player coach Patrick Roy wanted. Case closed.

During his time as bench boss of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, Roy had seen enough of MacKinnon to understand the electrifying upside this kid had. And St. Patrick certainly was not going to pass on it.

Much of the hockey world figured Jones might be a better fit for an Avs team that already sported a cache of talented young forwards like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly, but was lacking on the blue line. Keep in mind, too, that Jones, son of former NBAer Popeye Jones, was a local favourite, having grown up in Colorado.

 


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