Duchene for Gardiner (or similar defenseman) Discussion
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01-13-2013, 12:07 PM
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It's actually not your typical post. You're typical post is Gardiner, Kadri, Bozak and a 1st round pick.
I never said that Duchene isn't worth more then Gardiner, but not as much as some people think and are saying.
Matt Duchene's Career
24 Goals 31 Assists 55 Points
27 Goals 40 Assists 67 Points
14 Goals 14 Assists 28 Points
4 Goals 10 Assists 14 Points in 19 Games in SEL.
He had 4 goals in 19 games playing Sweeden. Wasn't even at a point per game playing against players of inferior talent. And considering the ice is bigger there, he should have been able to blow by guys with his speed.
So Really, his career high is 67 points and he coming off a season in which he had a measly 28 points. Yes, he has potential, there is no denying that, but he has yet to take that next step. And in Colorado, he won't take that next step if O'Reilly and Stastny are ahead of him on the depth chart. His defensive game also isn't that great either.
So To say his value is worth Gardiner, Kadri and a 1st round pick is a joke. Gardiner's value may never be higher than it is today. People thought the Kessel trade was lop sided. If they traded Gardiner, Kadri and a 1st round pick for Matt Duchene, the reception would be worse then the Kessel trade.
I wont even get into most of your post, because its clear your lacking knowledge.
However Duchenes defensive game has improved tremendously this year. That's all he was working on over in Europe was improving his Dgame. He's now very good defensively, and turning into a pretty good 2 way forward. That's why he was producing as much(although the SEL isn't a high scoring league, 14 in 19 is actually not bad) as he could have, was because his make focus was his play without the puck on his stick.
But again. The Avs are more then happy to keep Duchene in the Burgundy and Blue. We don't want to trade him. If you don't like his play stop trying to trade for him.
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