Morning sportsfans, after having enjoyed the opening games of the NHL season, yelled at the TV numerous times when the Ottawa Senators lost on Saturday versus the New York Rangers and having gone through numerous festive beverages (minor hockey teams doing bottle drives right now take notice, Champ’s basement is a gold mine right now for you guys after the weekend), one player definitely stood out and that player was the Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Duchene.
This 18 year old phenom showed unbelievable poise and looked like a veteran out there against the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. The kid was everywhere on the ice… showing his speed on the forecheck and getting back to play defense unlike typical rookies his age. It was extremely impressive to see his effort each and every shift. He reminded me of a young Mike Fisher but with much more speed and better finish.
Duchene is exactly the kind of kid you can start rebuilding a team around. Great on the ice and from early reports, great off the ice as well. The Colorado Avalanche can thank their lucky stars that they wound up with the 3rd overall pick and left the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning to battle over John Tavares and Victor Hedman. In the end, the Avalanche could end up being the big winners by having a kid in their stable who could prove to be the best of 2009 draft.
Stay classy, Matt Duchene.
** Update: Oct 17/09… Congrats to Matt Duchene for scoring his first NHL career goal on Saturday October 17th against Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings **