The Colorado Avalanche’s roster is loaded with young fantasy hockey talent. The team has a shocking 10-1 record at the moment and the unit is sixth in the league with 3.1 goals per game. The main reason for the team’s sudden success has been the play of C Matt Duchene. The 22-year-old has matured tremendously over the off-season and is producing like a top-tier fantasy forward.
Duchene has already racked up 13 points through the first 11 games of this season, including 9 goals and four assists. He is third in the league with nine goals, which is just one goal behind leaders Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Steen. This is very promising since the youngster racked up 43 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened 2012 season. After back-to-back solid seasons, fantasy fans can finally put their faith in the young middleman.
The center also netted three game-winning goals on the year and has come up huge game after game for the Avs. He is shooting the puck 3.36 times per game this season, a total that is up significantly from the 2.8 times he shot the puck last season. He has been shooting the puck much more this season and the fact that he is more willing to fire the puck on net is likely the main reason for Duchene’s hot start.
The fourth-year player is finally producing like a second fantasy center and is on pace to have a career season in 2013.