Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/23/09 at 10:06 AM ET
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Let the kid play.
That’s what I’d do if my name was Joe Sacco or Greg Sherman or Pierre Lacroix or anybody else with decision-making abilities around the Avalanche.
The kid is Matt Duchene, and he should not be allowed to go back to junior hockey this season. The betting line is that Duchene, the third pick in this year’s NHL draft and only 18, will be an Av all season.
But you never know with the Avs. They’ve often taken the cautious path with players, including the return to junior of previous first-round picks Alex Tanguay and Wojtek Wolski.
Those Avs teams were different, however, in that they weren’t relying on younger players as much. They had superstar veterans, so they could take their time.
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