Seth Jones grew up playing youth hockey in Littleton with brothers Nick and Quentin Shore, and later with Quentin for the U.S. development program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jones and Quentin were roommates for two years while playing for the 17-under and 18-under American all-star teams.

If the Avalanche selects Jones with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft June 30, he will be reunited with Quentin, a center who is coming off a 10-goal freshman season for the University of Denver. They have kicked around the idea of becoming roommates again, if the Avs choose to go with the 6-foot-4 defenseman who began playing hockey along the Front Range.

If the Avs don't draft Jones, and instead trade the pick or go with center Nathan MacKinnon or winger Jonathan Drouin, Jones probably will be reunited with the oldest Shore brother — Florida Panthers center Drew Shore, the former DU standout who left school after his junior year in 2012.

The Panthers, who finished with the NHL's fewest points this season, have the No. 2 pick and are rebuilding behind young centers Shore, Jonathan Huberdeau and Shawn Matthias. Shore, 22, had 13 points (three goals) in 43 games as an NHL rookie.

"There's not very many defensemen who are (almost) 6-5 and have that kind of skating ability that he has, which makes him a rare commodity and is the reason so many teams love him," Drew Shore said of Jones. "If the Avs do pick him, I'm sure they'll be happy with the pick. I think he'd fit in great in Florida too. I think every team in the NHL would love to have a defenseman who can skate and see the ice like he can. As I said, if you look at it, there's very few guys in the league who are defensemen that big and can skate that well."