Matt Duchene played in his first career NHL All-Star Game last year and is primed to star in many more. He made his mark last year by being awarded the first ever penalty shot in an ASG after Alex Ovechkin intentionally threw his stick. Duchene was ultimately stopped by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He was also chosen to wear a microphone during the entire weekend and got to put a bit of his personality on display. He made headlines with a vodka comment during the skills competition, since he was only 20 at the time.
He is currently on the shelf with a knee injury, but will be a key component for the Avs once he returns for their stretch run to make the playoffs this season and for years to come. Duchene is the most offensively gifted player on the Avs and the video above is an example of what he can do. Duchene still has a very long way to go before he can be compared with either of his boyhood idols, former Avalanche superstars Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, but you can certainly see flashes of their brilliance in the development of Duchene's game.
Duchene does not have the size and strength that were the staple of Forsberg's game, but he can control the puck very well and make moves like the above goal. Duchene also has incredible speed with the puck, not unlike Sakic in his prime. If Duchene continues to evolve, he certainly has all the makings of a perennial all-star due to his talent, skill, and likable personality.