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by Paul on 02/03/10 at 12:56 PM ET
from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,
When I asked Duchene if he was paying attention to the Calder race, he grinned.
“Lately I kind of know exactly what’s going on because people are reminding me so much,” he said. “A lot of people are talking to me about it, whether it’s media or somebody back home or whatever. It’s something I can’t really get away from.”
A high-class problem to have. Duchene made this trouble for himself by scoring 14 goals since Thanksgiving to move ahead of the Islanders’ John Tavares in scoring, 37 points to 33. They are tied for the rookie lead in goals with 17.
Tavares was the first pick in the draft and the player to whom Duchene is most often compared. Their seasons so far have had opposite trajectories. Tavares started out fast, but has only two goals since Dec. 10.
Perhaps more of a threat at the moment is Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, who leads all rookies in assists (24) and is playing a key role on a division leader. People who are 6-feet-8 and also can skate are pretty rare, so Myers has that going for him.
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