5 Ways Top NHL Draft Prospect Seth Jones Would Impact Colorado Avalanche

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5 Ways Top NHL Draft Prospect Seth Jones Would Impact Colorado Avalanche
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After a disappointing season in which the Colorado Avalanche finished at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the franchise got a much-needed victory on Monday night by winning the 2013 NHL draft lottery.

Since the team moved from Quebec City to Denver for the 1995-96 season, the Avalanche have picked in the top five of the first round twice (2009 and 2011). This is the first time that the team will hold the No. 1 overall selection.

The likely pick will be Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, who grew up in Denver and learned to love the game watching the Avalanche as a kid. He's also the No. 1 defenseman that Colorado needs to contend for Stanley Cup championships in the near future.

Let's look at five ways Jones would help this franchise return to prominence in the West.

The 2013 NHL Draft will take place at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on June 30.

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