Chris Stewart: Have the Aves Regained a Future Superstar?

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 2: Chris Stewart #25 of the Colorado Avalanche skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers on December 2, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 6-5. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Amid all of the talk of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, another player was quietly drafted by the Aves.

Chris Stewart's career started in 2006, and although he posted stunning numbers in the minors, his success in the NHL took a little bit longer.

Last year, he played 53 games and only tallied 19 points.

The 2006, 18th overall, draft pick was struggling to meet the demands that the Aves were placing on him.

This year is going to be much different. So far, he has 11 goals and 14 assists for a total of 25 points. He is tied with Milan Hejduk for the third most points on the team.

When I say that the Aves have a deep team, this is what I mean. Stewart is a prime example of a young player that is stepping up and helping the Aves play well this season.

One of the biggest things that helped Stewart was the fact that he has been moved to the top lines. He's seeing a lot more ice time, and you can see that help his game.

That's the biggest reason that I think he's going to be the next superstar for the Aves. Although I'm not sure how the Aves are going to do this year, it's players like Stewart that make me confident that they're going to play well in the future.

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Only time will tell what kind of player he becomes, but you definitely need to keep an eye out for this kid. He's going to be a great player someday that the Aves can rely on.

The only thing that they can't do is get rid of him. He needs to be one of those "untouchable" players that teams will never give away.

As long as they keep him and keep developing him, he's going to be doing some great things for the Aves.

You can see more of my opinions at Tips for Hockey


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