Colorado Avalanche GM appears set to make Nathan MacKinnon the first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, which will put him in very illustrious company, as nearly all of the top selections since the turn of the century have become All-Stars or are well on their way.
Avalanche right to not force themselves to draft Seth Jones | Will Nathan MacKinnon go first on Sunday? | More NHL Entry Draft coverage UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29: Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders attempts a glove save against the New York Rangers during their game on March 29, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Rangers defeated the Isles 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers celebrates his third period goal against the New York Islanders on March 25, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Thrashers 5-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) TORONTO - FEBRUARY 19: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates a game winning shoot-out goal during game action February 19, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Abel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Nash dDETROIT - JUNE 02: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates teammate Petr Sykora's overtime goal during game five of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 2, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 4-3 in triple overtime to set the series at 3-2 Red Wings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - MARCH 27: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 27, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Capitals defeated the Lightning 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) COLUMBUS - JANUARY 11: Erik Johnson #6 of the St. Louis Blues controls the puck while Ron Hainsey #6 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates after him during the NHL game at the Nationwide Arena on January 11, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) TAMPA, FL - MARCH 06: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his power play goal at 5:41 of the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 6, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Senators defeated the Lightning 7-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) EDMONTON, CANADA - FEBRUARY 12: Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates scoring the first goal of the night on Kari Lehtonen #32 (not pictured) of the Dallas Stars during the NHL game at Rexall Place on February 12, 2013 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) DENVER, CO - APRIL 19: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on April 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche 4-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)