With 51% of the votes, MacKinnon just barely edged out Duchene in our weekly poll. It seems that Avs nation has a lot of faith in MacKinnon taking a big step forward in his sophomore season. MacKinnon won the Calder trophy last year as the league’s top rookie with 63 points in 82 games while Duchene was nearly a point per game player, posting 70 points in 71 games.
However, Duchene missed five of the seven playoff games against the Minnesota Wild while MacKinnon had 10 points in seven playoff games. Nathan MacKinnon’s performance in those seven games likely influenced Avs fans as they saw just how good he can be as he progresses.
Duchene figures to be the Avs top line center while MacKinnon will anchor the second line. Who plays alongside them remains a mystery though.
Both players have spent part of their off-season training with last year’s MVP Sidney Crosby.