NEW YORK -- Joe Sakic has given Nathan MacKinnon another endorsement to be the first pick in the NHL draft, though the Colorado Avalanche are still listening to trade offers. Speaking after the board of governors meeting, Colorados executive vice president of hockey operations explained why the team preferred MacKinnon to defenceman Seth Jones, who has ties to Denver. "We believe Seth, hes going to be a good player, as well, a very good defenceman in this league," Sakic said. "When youre picking No. 1, you want to be able to pick what you believe is going to be the best player in the draft. That was why we made that decision." Sakic and head coach/vice president of hockey operations Patrick Roy have repeatedly singled out MacKinnon as their choice at No. 1. Sakic originally told the Denver Post that the Avalanche would pass on Jones in favour of a forward, either MacKinnon, Halifax teammate Jonathan Drouin or Finnish centre Aleksander Barkov. Sakic called this a "deep draft" but said the Avalanche have targeted the player theyre taking. He was then asked about MacKinnon. "I think when you watch Nathan play, hes definitely a skilled guy but hes a powerful skater," Sakic said. "He can play a skill game, but he loves going to the net. He loves going to the hard areas, and hes just a tremendous player." The Avalanche front office being so up-front with the stance of MacKinnon over Jones has raised skepticism about possibly trying to drum up a trade. The Florida Panthers pick second and the Tampa Bay Lightning third. Sakic wouldnt say how Colorados approach is affecting trade talks, if at all. "Obviously when you get closer to draft time, you might receive more calls. Im not too sure," he said. "Were very happy and content with picking first, but if we get some calls, obviously well listen. Right now were excited about making the first selection." Paul George Shoes Outlet . Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Paul George Shoes Free Shipping .com) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows about life in the NFL from other stints around the league. https://www.cheappaulgeorgeshoes.com/ .ca. Hi Kerry, Thursday nights Bruins-Blackhawks game had a goal by Patrice Bergeron initially waved off by the referee, but video review clarified it was a good goal. Cheap Paul George Shoes . Playing in his 19th career final, the second-seeded Tsonga was favourite to win the Open 13 for the third time and to secure an 11th career title, but he struggled with Gulbis attacking approach. Paul George Shoes For Sale . The Tiger-Cats announced on Friday the linebacker has signed a new contract with the team through the 2016 season.Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward resigned on Thursday to become the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Last season was Wards seventh with Boston after joining the Bruins in 2007 as part of head coach Claude Juliens coaching staff. Ward joined the staff affter 12 years of coaching experience at the OHL (Kitchener & Guelph) and AHL (Hamilton Bulldogs) levels in addition to two previous head coaching stints in Germany.dddddddddddd Ward was also a member of the coaching staff for Bostons 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. ' ' '