The 2013 NHL draft came one step closer with the conclusion of the lottery draft, and the Colorado Avalanche should thank the hockey gods for the chance to draft Seth Jones with the first overall selection.
Colorado jumped over the Florida Panthers via the lottery and earned the right to draft either a franchise winger, defender or center with the top selection. Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are tough to pass up, top-notch options as well.
For this mock draft, team needs were taken into account first and foremost. This isn't a "best player available, one through 30" mock draft. This is about what teams need, and where they could go to get it.
Aside from the adjustments following the lottery, the selections are in inverse order of the standings. It's not an attempt to select the teams that will be in the Stanley Cup Final. The draft order for this mock up is just the standings flipped on its head.