1. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche
MacKinnon was prepared to go first overall, and after a season-long battle with Jones, ended up getting the spot. Only 1 first overall pick since Ottawa drafted Chris Phillips in 1996 has the first overall pick not played in the NHL the next season. That was Erik Johnson of the Blues. Alex Ovechkin also didn’t play the season after he was drafted, but there was no season to play, because of the lockout.
That trend should not change this year and MacKinnon should be a regular for the Avalanche.