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02-03-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by NHL33 View Post
Yes, I remember the thread. Why would I forget how much I loathed the way Duchene was playing the last two seasons? I was vocal about it and would still be if this was the Duchene from '10-11 or '11-12. He took a mature attitude, worked on his weaknesses, and has come into this season a completely different player mentally. If he was playing like last season I wouldn't bat an eye and still be in favor of trading him.

However, he is now playing two-way hockey...his defensive effort from his rookie season is visible, and he's playing a more cerebral game than ever before. This is the best he has been as an Avalanche and I like it. It's not as if I 'wanted to be right' -- I wanted him to prove me wrong, had lost hope, but luckily things have worked out for the best it seems. Still want a larger sample size but very, very pleased with his play so far.
I understand it's a short sample size but it's just a perfect example of how people on these boards prematurely jump to conclusions.

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