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Now I know what you are probably thinking. Duchene went third overall: how is this a steal? But believe me, the Avalance got the best player available in the draft.
Duchene, a forward for the Brampton Battalion, is the real deal. He is on of the best skaters in the draft, and quite possibly the smartest as well. One of the best qualities, however, is that he elevates his game in key situations.
I had the pleasure of watching him play in the first round of the OHL playoffs last year, and he ran the tables; it was very impressive. Duchene was voted the best playmaker and stickhandler in the East as voted by the coaches, and he also won Scholastic Player of the Year for the entire league.
Colorado has a future star in the making.