Avs lean towards Nathan MacKinnon
June, 25, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN Insider
John Leyba/Getty ImagesPatrick Roy's hiring has brought an aura of optimism to a franchise that has missed the playoffs four out of the last five seasons.Patrick Roy knows the NHL draft can be a bit of a crapshoot. He lived it. In 1984, 50 picks were made before the Canadiens selected him in the third round at No. 51. 22 years later, he was in the Hall of Fame.
Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in his first draft as Avalanche coach and vice president of hockey operations, there are a couple of priorities. The first is finding a player who can make an immediate impact with the Avalanche. The second priority is removing as much risk as possible from the selection.