Dec 6, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and center Nathan MacKinnon (29) on ice at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Better Season for Matt Duchene or Nathan MacKinnon? (Poll Results)

Last week we asked “Who will have the better season?” between Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon. The results are in and they are extremely close.

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.

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