The Colorado Avalanche lost yet again on Tuesday night, as their miserable season continues. They’re currently battling to stay out of the Western Conference cellar and could very well see themselves end up with the no. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft this summer.
Even with the Avalanche struggling the way they are, though, at least a couple of players are still performing at a high level. Even if those players only reside in the offensive end. One player that continues to show up on a nightly basis is forward Matt Duchene, who has seen his triumphs overshadowed by the failures of the Avalanche this year.
Coming off of a season in which he was limited to just 58 games, due to a series of injury issues. In those 58 games, he had only 28 points, far off the pace of a guy who was coming off of a 67-point campaign the previous season. But this year, he finds himself right back on track.
In 35 games this season, Duchene has 35 points. He could very well finish with at least a point-per-game clip, which would obviously be the best of his career to this point. He has 15 goals and 20 assists within that total of 35. He is sitting at a minus-8, but that can be attributed more to the defensive failures of the Avs.
Duchene is also winning faceoffs at a rate of 56 percent. That’s far and away the best figure of his career. He’s logged minutes on both special teams, with seven points on the man advantage, in addition to a shorthanded assist this year. He’s had a very fine season under the radar for the Avalanche.
It’s unfortunate that such a brilliant season from Duchene has been almost completely overshadowed by the fact that the Colorado Avalanche are a terrible hockey team, at least outside of their core of young forwards. His status as a building block for this franchise has returned and he’s going to be a fun player to watch, and will be a centerpiece for this team when they’re ready to contend again.