Avalanche Take MacKinnon With Number One Pick

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The Colorado Avalanche opted for goal-scoring over defense, taking Canadian Nathan MacKinnon ahead of top ranked Seth Jones with the number one overall pick at the National Hockey League draft in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.

The Colorado Avalanche opted for goal-scoring over defense, taking Canadian Nathan MacKinnon ahead of top ranked Seth Jones with the number one overall pick at the National Hockey League draft in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.

The Avalanche, who ranked near the bottom of the league in scoring last season, could not resist taking the 17-year-old MacKinnon, who hails from Cole Habour, Nova Scotia the same home town as Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

A powerful skater, MacKinnon does not turn 18 until September but possess the offensive skill that will allow him to make the immediate jump to the NHL.

With the number two overall pick the Florida Panthers also passed on Jones, a big gifted defenseman, in favor of offense taking Finland's Aleksander Barkov.