Thread: Matt Duchene
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10-17-2012, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
Hunwick did not sign a 2-year contract to play 7th defender the entire season. He and Zanon will be in and out of the lineup as long as it remains healthy.

And I'm ok with that, Hunwick is a good little ball of energy if we don't put him in over his head and keep him motivated by not giving him a spot without effort.

I also expect at least two trades involving our defense by this time next year.

As far as Duchy goes, I'll leave it at the fact that anyone who thinks he won't ever be P/G hasn't been watching him play. He has all the talent in the world for that but he's still too immature to pull it all together.
If we are relying on Hunwick to achieve anything, we are in deep trouble. I hope one of Barrie, Elliott or Gaunce get called up before he's in the line-up.

Secondly, I have seen Duchene play plenty, and he is NOT a point per game player, as I always suggested "under the current circumstance. What I mean by that, is that he's some what suffering from the Stastny syndrome, in that he plays with scrappers on his lines (you know, guys who can post 25-37 odd points per season - sometimes they will play above their level and score 40 odd).

For Duchene to be a marquee player that you suggest he should be, I'd recommend he'd need to be in a Backstrom or Datsyuk type of luxury, and play with guys like Zetterberg, Hossa, Semin and/or Ovechkin have over the years.

Avs are a FAR distance from having the calibre of any of those players in our line up. Really, we don't have one superstar (who puts the runs on the board) at present. We have a lot of hard working toilers.

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