As an impartial... Seguin's versatility might bump him ahead slightly, but Duchene's edge this season has me very excited about him being able to do more than just put up points.
__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
Yeah, this is kinda like Duchene and Tavares was last year, one of them has taken the next step and is playing like an excellent 1st line C in all 3 zones, Seguin may make that jump next year, but he's struggling right now while Duchene is playing amazing. He's tied for 2nd in the NHL in ES points, just one behind league leader Thomas Vanek.
For me they are similar players, but I would say Seguin has a better hockey IQ from what I have seen. Both are fast, great shots, solid on their skates. Cant go wrong with either but long term I chose Seguin.
I would take Seguin because he was much better for the whole season last year, even though he's a year younger. If Duchene keeps playing at this level for the season (and Seguin doesn't improve quite a bit) then the answer changes.
Duchene was better in his rookie season, similar 2nd years. Matt had an awful 3rd season, dealt with injuries, got moved around and overall just didn't play well regardless of what happened. I'm sure Seguin will finish with a MUCH better 3rd season than Duchene.
Right now tho I think Duchene is playing at a higher level than either of them have ever played at. Only 14 games so small sample size. The fact that Duchene is only 1 year older and has produced at the same level while looking like he's taking off, as an Avs fan makes me take him. Can't go wrong either way IMO.