Last season, Matt Duchene led the Colorado Avalanche in scoring with 70 points in 71 games. In his rookie season, Nathan MacKinnon put up 63 points in 82 games. Duchene spent the entire year on the top line while MacKinnon started the year on the third line and bounced around as the season went along.
So who will have the better year this year?
Duchene will once again be the top line center, but with Paul Stastny gone, MacKinnon is officially the number two center on the team and should stay there for the entire season. Their linemates might change from time to time, but Duchene and MacKinnon will be the Avs one-two punch for 82 games.
At the age of 23, Duchene is widely considered to be the Avs most skilled player. His strong play last year earned him a spot on Team Canada in the Olympics. This season he’ll be the Avs highest paid player with a cap hit of $6 million. MacKinnon will be entering his second year this season, but don’t expect him to hit a sophomore slump. When the season starts, MacKinnon will be just 19-years old, but he showed last year that he plays far above his age.
So what do you think Avalanche family: Will Duchene once again show why he’s the most skilled player on the team or will MacKinnon take over the reigns in just his second season?
*Note: Last week the poll didn’t display, so we are trying this again. Apologies.
Who Will Have The Better Season?
- Matt Duchene (51%, 49 Votes)
- Nathan MacKinnon (49%, 47 Votes)
Total Voters: 96