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Matt Duchene's lockout adventure in Europe
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12-01-2012, 10:48 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
All of our centers bar maybe O'Reilly in the past 2-3 years have played with a multitude of wingers (sometimes, not great one's). O'Reilly seemed to have at least one half a season's worth of consistency to build chemistry (with Landeskog and Downie), which is huge in today's game, and look at the results.
I don't, can't, and won't blame Duchene given the intangibles he has been given (injury, team mates etc).
I have NO doubts that given 50% of a season with the same line mates, Duchene would strike awesome chemistry, as he did when Mueller played 15 odd games straight with him, and Fleishmann did for a decent period as well.
Sacco smacked Duchene on the last line. He threw him on Stazz wing. He threw him with a regressing Hejduk. Etc, etc etc.
Duchene has had a 55 point, and a 67 point season in his career. That's quality. He just needs to get back to that by touch wood, playing without injury, and getting some consistency.
I believe he'll be playing with Parenteau if and when Hockey is played again. That's great. A whole lot hinges on Duke though, and I hope his class shows through, and he bounces back before retirement.
Chances are better that Duchene at least gets "back" to where he was, before he gets worse.
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