Colorado Avalanche History: Top 5 Draft Picks

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3. Matt Duchene, #3 in 2009

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene is a pure goal scorer. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

It was tough putting center Matt Duchene in the third slot — I think of him as a franchise player. However, a couple other players have made slightly more significant contributions to the team.

That said, Matt Duchene really is a franchise player for the Avalanche. When he was drafted in 2009, he was the highest draft pick the Avalanche had had up to that point. Since then he has consistently been a leading scorer for the team. He finished fourth this season with 55 points — another of the six players who earned 50+ points.

In the 2013-14 season Matt Duchene led the entire team with 70 points, despite missing the last 11 games of the season after his own teammate inadvertently laid a knee-on-knee on him. (Jamie McGinn)

Duchene was second on the team for scoring in that terrible 2013-13 season with 43 points. In his sophomore season he led the entire team in points with 67, and even his rookie year was impressive with 55 points and the third place in scoring.

Duchene has also become a leader both on and off the ice. In fact, when coach Roy offered the alternate captain position to veteran Jarome Iginla, many Avalanche fans stated a preference for Duchene earning that honor.

Matt Duchene has also become famous for “The Dutchy:”