Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking a puck-moving defenceman in Jones. But it appears the Avalanche are leaning toward a forward to take No. 1 overall, possibly the 17-year-old MacKinnon.
MacKinnon, a 6-foot, 182-pound centre, is a solid two-way presence with strong hands, stick handling and skating skills. He's considered a natural scorer and very good puck distributor.