|Assets:||Is extremely fast and industrious. Plays with fire and passion. Is a capable two-way center with playmaking acumen and goal-scoring prowess. Can also play wing, where he uses his speed even more to his advantage.|
|Flaws:||Sometimes, he tries to do too much because of his impressive skill-set, instead of letting the game come to him more naturally. Also, his intense style can lead to injury woes, so he may need to curb it down a little.|
|Career Potential:||Speedy, talented forward with good upside.|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2010-11|
|OHL||Bobby Smith Trophy||2008-09|
|2/28/2013||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|12/09/2012||Signed with HC Ambri-Piotta (Switzerland).|
|10/02/2012||Signed with Frolunda HC (Sweden).|
|6/23/2012||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a two-year contract.|
|3/15/2012||Missed 4 games (sprained right ankle).|
|3/08/2012||Sprained right ankle, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/19/2012||Missed 20 games (knee injury).|
|12/31/2011||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|12/30/2011||Knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/22/2011||Missed 2 games (hand injury).|
|2/16/2011||Hand injury, injured reserve.|
|4/14/2010||Missed 1 game (torso injury).|
|4/11/2010||Torso injury, day-to-day.|
|7/16/2009||Signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/26/2009||Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1st round (3rd overall) in 2009.|
Duchene picks up three points in Avs win | 04/27/2013 7:49 AM
NewsMatt Duchene chipped in three assists and added the winning goal in the shootout to lift Colorado to a 5-4 win over Phoenix in a battle of non-playoff bound teams.
ImpactDuchene's numbers trailed off a bit down the stretch, but when looking at his 2013 campaign as a whole, his 43 points in 46 games has solidified his position as one of the best fantasy centres in the league despite playing on an awful Avs team.
Matt Duchene records two points Wednesday | 04/11/2013 9:57 AM
NewsMatt Duchene had a goal and an assist on Wednesday.
ImpactDuchene has 16 goals and 22 assists this season. He now has 10 more points than he recorded in 58 contests in 2011-12. He might not be able to maintain his nearly point-per-game pace in 2013-14, but he's a good candidate to surpass the 70-point marker next season.
Matt Duchene supports Giguere's comments | 04/10/2013 9:39 AM
NewsMatt Duchene was very supportive Jean-Sebastien Giguere's public attack on his teammates.
ImpactGiguere said that "some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games." Duchene hopes everyone heard that. "Obviously he let his emotions get the best of him, but sometimes that's a good thing. I was a fan of it," Duchene said. "If there's any guy in here who can say that, it's him. It's good that he's upset. There's other guys in here who are upset as well. This is not fun." All the same, Giguere did apologize to his teammates for his recent comments.
Matt Duchene doesn't want Avs to give up | 04/05/2013 9:40 AM
NewsMatt Duchene doesn't think the Colorado Avalanche will simply give up on the season.
ImpactAt this point, from a franchise standpoint, they're almost incentivized to lose because it will give them a better shot of obtaining the first overall pick. That doesn't mean the players have nothing left to play for though. "A top pick would be great, but I think a positive feeling going into the summer from a great finish would be even better for us," said Duchene. "People are playing for future jobs and contracts, and these last 12 games may be meaningless for the playoffs, but for each one of us in here they all mean something. We need to help each other. That's how we have to finish here." Colorado is currently last in the NHL with a 12-20-4 record.
Matt Duchene pots lone goal in loss to Preds | 04/02/2013 11:11 PM
NewsMatt Duchene generated Colorado's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night.
ImpactHis 15th of the year was assisted by P.A. Parenteau and Matt Hunwick. Duchene has 35 points in 35 games this season.
Matt Duchene has a point-per-game in 2013 | 04/02/2013 9:50 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored a goal in Colorado's 3-2 loss Monday.
ImpactDuchene has bounced back nicely from his rough 2011-12 campaign with 14 goals and 34 points in 34 games this season. When evaluating Duchene for the 2013-14 campaign, it might be best just to forget that the 2011-12 season happened. It's not a good representation of what he can do.
Avalanche starting to hear Seth Jones talk | 03/30/2013 11:10 AM
NewsIn failing to beat the Vancouver Canucks for the 20th consecutive time in regulation Thursday night, the Avalanche drew closer to winning the Seth Jones sweepstakes - but Colorado star Matt Duchene doesn't want to talk about the promising defenseman at this point.
ImpactJones, the son of former Nuggets player and assistant coach Popeye Jones, is considered the No. 1 prospect available in the NHL draft this year. And given his family's basketball background, the 6-foot-4 player might even be considered a popular guy to the seemingly basketball-first Avalanche ownership that is Kroenke Sports Enterprises, which also owns the Nuggets. After the Avalanche's 4-1 loss to the Canucks at Rogers Arena, selecting Jones with the first overall pick is looking like it's a two-team race between Colorado and the Florida Panthers. "He's a good player, but I'm not going to talk about him. It's not like he's part of our team," said Avs center Matt Duchene, who skated with Jones last summer. "That's not what we're going for. We're trying to get as high in the standings as we can."
Matt Duchene blames himself for Sedin goal | 03/29/2013 8:36 AM
NewsMatt Duchene took responsibility for Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin's game-winning goal on Thursday.
ImpactSedin's goal marked a turning point in Vancouver's 4-1 win against Colorado. "I didn't do a good enough of identifying our coverage and they got a good shot off, had a good screen. It's disappointing. That's the way it's going right now," Duchene said. "We may do that play 10 times in a game and they're hitting skates instead of squeaking through. I take full responsibility for that goal. I don't accept breakdowns like that, especially late in the game like that. It's not good enough on my part." Duchene also scored Colorado's only goal in that contest.
Matt Duchene scores in 4-1 loss to Canucks | 03/29/2013 3:13 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored his 13th goal of the season in the Avalanche's 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
ImpactDuchene and PA Parenteau have been the lone bright spots in the Avalanche's forgetable season. If there's one thing that we can take away from this abreviated season, it's that Duchene is definitely a first line player and worth his 3rd overall draft status. The speedster is one of the few good fantasy options the Avalanche have so keep throwing him out there, despite being a +/- risk.
Matt Duchene scores two more in win | 03/10/2013 11:02 PM
NewsMatt Duchene tallied twice, including the overtime winner, for the Avalanche in a 3-2 victory over San Jose.
ImpactDuchene has been leading the way for the Avs on most nights this season, but perhaps the bug win over Chicago on Friday will propel some of his teammates to come along for the ride. Ryan O'Reilly also scored his second goal of the season in the victory.
Duchene collects four points in Avs big win | 03/09/2013 5:21 AM
NewsColorado's 6-2 dismantling of the 21-0-3 Chicago Blackhawks would not have been possible without Matt Duchene, who scored and added three assists in Friday night's victory.
ImpactDuchene's big night pushes him over a point-per-game pace with nine goals and 15 assists in 22 games. If this were an 82-game season, Duchene would be on pace for career highs in goals, assists, penalty minutes, plus-minus and game winning goals.
Matt Duchene gets goal in 3-2 loss | 03/06/2013 10:45 PM
NewsMatt Duchene scored in the Avalanche's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
ImpactThe 22-year-old has rebounded very nicely from a subpar third year in the NHL. He has eight goals and 12 assists in 21 games. John Mitchell had the other goal, his seventh of the year.
Duchene gets game-winning goal in return | 03/01/2013 10:56 AM
NewsMatt Duchene (groin) returned to Colorado's lineup on Thursday.
ImpactDuchene missed one game due to the ailment. He made up for lost time by registering an assist and netting the game-winning goal.
Matt Duchene (groin) will play Thursday night | 02/28/2013 3:45 PM
NewsMatt Duchene (groin) will be back in Colorado's lineup for Thursday's home game versus Calgary.
ImpactHe missed one match with a groin injury, which was caused by a troublesome charley horse on the other leg. Duchene had been playing with P.A. Parenteau and Jamie McGinn, but coach Joe Sacco wouldn't reveal his possible line combinations.
Matt Duchene (groin) not ruled out for Thurs. | 02/27/2013 10:24 PM
NewsMatt Duchene (groin) could still end up playing Thursday against the Flames.
ImpactEven though the young forward didn't play Tuesday and didn't skate during Wednesday's optional, the Avalanche have not ruled him out, according to the Denver Post's Mike Chambers. Duchene leads the Avs with 17 points. He's likely heading for a game-time call.
Matt Duchene won't play Tuesday vs. Sharks | 02/26/2013 3:43 PM
NewsMatt Duchene has a groin injury and won't play Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks.
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ImpactDuchene has been ice cold for the last three games after eight points in the four games prior. There wasn't much more detail to the injury, but we'll sideline him and list him as day-to-day for now. Owners in daily leagues will want to get him out of the lineup for tonight and check back Wednesday for more information.
Matt Duchene hot for Colorado Avalanche | 02/20/2013 3:08 PM
NewsCenter Matt Duchene is on a hot streak entering the Avalanche`s game tonight against the St. Louis Blues in Colorado.
ImpactDuchene has scored in four straight games for the Avalanche. He also has four assists in the past two contests
Matt Duchene back to old self after bad 2012 | 02/19/2013 8:24 AM
NewsMatt Duchene had his second consecutive three point game on Monday.
ImpactThe talented center is back to his old self after a poor 2011-12 season when he he had 14 goals and 28 points in a injury-plagued 58 games. The savvy Duchene now has six goals and 17 points in 14 games and he also led the Avs on Monday to the victory with six hits, two takeaways and 19 faceoff wins. The just turned 22-year-old is back and is a great keeper once again in fantasy pools.
Avs win on Duchene's controversial goal | 02/18/2013 6:44 PM
NewsMatt Duchene scored a goal and registered two assists in Colorado's 6-5 victory Monday.
ImpactDuchene caught a big break as he was offside prior to the goal, but it wasn't called. Aaron Palushaj also had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche. Paul Stastny had his fourth goal and fifth assists of the season. Tyson Barrie, Chuck Kobasew, and Jamie McGinn accounted for the Avalanche's other three goals. David Jones and P.A. Parenteau each finished Monday's contest with two assists.
Duchene wishes he could always play Oilers | 02/17/2013 11:30 AM
NewsAvalanche center Matt Duchene has a sparkling career track record against the Oilers.
ImpactWith three points in Saturday's 6-4 loss to Edmonton, Duchene has now racked up 23 career points in 18 career games versus the Oilers. The young center has been far and away the best player for Colorado this season; one of the lone bright spots on the struggling team.
Duchene chips in three point night | 02/17/2013 8:23 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored a goal and two assists in the Avs' 6-4 loss to Edmonton Saturday night.
ImpactDuchene is now exceeding a point-per-game pace with five goals and nine assists in 13 games.
Matt Duchene does it all in win over Wild | 02/15/2013 12:17 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored the tying goal in regulation and later scored the shootout winner in a 4-3 win over Minnesota Thursday.
ImpactDuchene, one of the lone bright spots among the struggling Colorado club, also fired three shots on goal in the win. Milan Hejduk and Aaron Palushaj also scored for the victorious Avs.
Duchene nursing hip ailment, will play Thurs. | 02/14/2013 4:15 PM
NewsMatt Duchene didn't practice Wednesday, but he's still expected to play Thursday night.
ImpactHe has been nursing a sore hip, which is a bit concerning because he was limited to 58 games last season due to knee and foot/ankle injuries. Duchene appears to be fine to play though, so dress him if you normally would. He has performed well in 2013 with three goals and seven assists in 11 games.
Matt Duchene returns to action after injury | 02/12/2013 8:31 AM
NewsForwards Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk and Jamie McGinn all returned to action Monday after getting hurt earlier in the game.
ImpactThe Avs players are dropping like flies as injuries are taking its toll with the club. The three were injured as was Erik Johnson and Patrick Bordeleau in the game against the Coyotes but Johnson and Bordeleau did not return. In any case, we would suggest against playing your Avs in most pools as they are a undermanned squad at the present time.
Matt Duchene nets one in 3-2 OT loss | 02/12/2013 4:23 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored his third goal of the season in the Avalanches 3-2 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
ImpactDuchene is one of the few Avalanche forwards that are being productive, scoring 10 points in 11 games. He's the closest thing the team has to a franchise forward up front at age 22. This rising star is a must start in all leagues.
Matt Duchene: Avs lack of offense is 'a joke' | 02/07/2013 9:47 AM
NewsMatt Duchene lashed out after the Colorado Avalanche suffered a 3-0 loss on Wednesday.
Impact"It's painful right now," Duchene said. "It's the same story every night. We're playing well 5-on-5, but we can't seem to find a win in those games. We've got to figure out a way to score a goal. It's the bottom line. We've been shut out three times in 10 games. That's unacceptable. That's almost 50-percent of the games we're getting shut out in. That's a joke. We've got to figure it out here. We've got to bear down more in practice and try to make a few more plays every now and then. We're just knifing the puck in all the time instead of trying to get inside and score a goal." It doesn't help that Colorado is missing Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie due to injuries and Ryan O'Reilly is still a restricted free agent.
Matt Duchene puts up nice effort in defeat | 02/07/2013 1:29 AM
NewsThe Colorado Avalanche were defeated 3-0 against the Anaheim Ducks, but Matt Duchene shouldn't receive the blame.
ImpactDuchene is clearly going all-out this season. He had four shots on goal and went 16-6 in the faceoff circle, but couldn't manage a point. The 22-year-old forward has points in 10 games this season, and his 29 shots on goal indicate that he hasn't even received many bounces. This could be a big bounce-back year for him.
Matt Duchene scores two in Avs' shutout win | 01/25/2013 12:41 AM
NewsMatt Duchene scored two goals to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
ImpactHis second goal, scored late in the third period, was a thing of beauty. The goals were Duchene's first two of the season. He also recorded an assist (his second of the season) on P.A. Parenteau's second goal of the season. Also scoring his second goal of the season was John Mitchell. Milan Hejduk had two assists for the Avs.
Matt Duchene fine after taking puck to chin | 01/23/2013 10:27 AM
NewsMatt Duchene is fine after being struck in the chin by the puck on Tuesday.
Impact"I'm lucky. I'm lucky, it could have taken all my teeth," Duchene said. "I thought it broke my jaw at first. The feeling came back and I was like, `Oh OK I'm alright.' It hit me so square." Duchene logged a team-leading 22:09 minutes on Tuesday.
Matt Duchene determined to return to form | 01/20/2013 11:54 AM
NewsMatt Duchene made lifestyle adjustments this offseason with improvements on the ice in mind.
ImpactThe talented forward had just 28 points after recording 67 the year before. It was an embarrassment that caused some dramatic changes. "I've changed everything - eating, stuff in the gym, stuff I do before games, everything," Duchene said. "I eat fish almost every day, taking some different supplements and stuff. What I wanted to do this summer was learn more about my body and what made it tick. I was doing some stuff that worked for some guys, but it didn't work for me. I'm the type of guy who doesn't accept failure, and last year obviously didn't go the way I wanted in the second half, so it was time to make some adjustments."
Matt Duchene rejoins Avs teammates | 01/09/2013 11:36 AM
NewsMatt Duchene has rejoined his teammates and participated in a scrimmage with them on Tuesday.
ImpactDuchene had to travel for 27 hours to get to Denver. "I'm tired from the jet lag and the thin air kind of hit me, but it's great to be back," he said. He had four goals and 14 points in 19 SEL games and participated in the Spengler Cup. While his European numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, the fact that he has played high-level hockey recently should serve him well over the initial weeks of the season.
Matt Duchene headed back to Denver | 01/07/2013 9:20 AM
NewsMatt Duchene is headed back to Colorado after playing in Sweden and Switzerland during the lockout.
ImpactDuchene had four goals and 14 points in 19 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League and then won gold at the Spengler Cup for Canada last week. "It's a great day for hockey," Duchene said about the tentative end of the lockout. "I am absolutely thrilled at the chance to get to wear the Avs jersey this season. I can't wait to get out in front of our amazing fans." Duchene will look to get back on track this season after scoring only 14 goals and 28 points in an injury-plagued 58 games. He had 67 points the previous year in a full season and we look for him to get close to a point a game this season. Draft him accordingly.
|Goals||2||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Mar 10||3|
|Assists||3||2 times-last:at Phx||last:Apr 26||1|
|Points||4||vs. Chi||Mar 8||4|
|Penalty Minutes||2||6 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Mar 30||2|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. CBJ||Jan 24||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at Ana||last:Apr 10||2|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Chi||Mar 8||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||47 times-last:vs. Min||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||vs. Chi||Mar 18||0|
|Shots||8||at Ana||Apr 10||7|
|Penalty Minutes||33||2010-11 (Col)|
|Power Play Goals||10||2009-10 (Col)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2009-10 (Col)|
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