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June 19, 2013 | 12:25am ET
Avs passing on Jones?

It appears the Colorado Avalanche won't be drafting defenseman Seth Jones first-overall in this month's NHL Draft, the Denver Post reports.

According to the Post, the Avs are expected to draft one of forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov.

"If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Avalanche Executive VP of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic told the newspaper.

"We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up."

Jones, 18, is the top-ranked North American prospect heading into the June 30 draft. Many believed there was a good chance the team would select him first.

The Post noted the Avalanche's need to bolster its defense and its surplus at the center, and Drouin is the only winger of the three forwards.

The Avalanche has roughly $13 million in available salary cap space and go look to upgrade their blueline via the free agent market or go the trade route this off-season.

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