What to Believe from Joe Sakic on Avalanche's Plans for No. 1 Pick in NHL Draft

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What to Believe from Joe Sakic on Avalanche's Plans for No. 1 Pick in NHL Draft
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The NHL draft is days away and speculation runs rampant, spurred by Avalanche personnel czar Joe Sakic. The former Colorado captain and current executive vice president has been remarkably candid while discussing his team's options with the No. 1 overall pick at Sunday's amateur player selection spectacular.

Sakic has worked in tandem with former teammate and fellow franchise legend Patrick Roy, explaining the draft day game plan without a filter in front of media members. But at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, maybe that's exactly what they want us to think.

More importantly, perhaps that's what they want other NHL organizations to believe. Between trade discussions, a trio of forwards and a prodigious defensive prospect, there is plenty to delve into when it comes to the impending Colorado decision.

We sort through recent statements by Sakic and Roy, trying to separate legitimacy from potential pieces of a long con. It's time to embrace the mixed signals and follow a meandering path to Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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