Looking relaxed, Joe Sakic walked out of a conference room at the Westin Times Square on Thursday. None of his fellow NHL executives were trailing Sakic, and there were no hushed corner conversations indicating draft-related trade talks were underway.

Sakic gave every indication the Avalanche probably will take the first pick in the draft Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

"Nothing's changed," the Avalanche's executive vice president of hockey operations said after an NHL board of governors meeting. "It's quiet right now."

Trading the first pick seems unlikely, but nothing is final in the NHL until the picks are made. A lot of big draft-day trades have happened in the past, but none of the teams right below the Avs in the draft order appear desperate to acquire the top pick.

Sakic reiterated that Nathan MacKinnon is the Avs' likely first choice. But team personnel will continue to have predraft meetings to finalize strategy for Sunday's event.

"It's going to be an exciting three days for our organization," Sakic said. "At No. 1, we've got the player that we're looking forward to selecting. And we're looking forward to Sunday."