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Landeskog, Duchene to lead the Charge Up Front

January 18th, 2013 at 10:35 PM
By Jake Green

Amongst the forwards on the Colorado Avalanche, success hinges on two players: Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene.

Landeskog,who was named the youngest in the history in the NHL, has the weight of the franchise on his shoulders. He will be looking to avoid the sophomore slump, that has succumbed previous Calder Trophy winners. During the lockout, he played for Djurgarden and totaled 14 points in 17 games.

Even with a short season, Duchene could end up having a better season than the previous one. Dealing with injuries, he only had 28 points in 58 games. He was a busy man during the lockout, suiting up for three teams. He played for Frolunda in Sweden, Ambri-Piotta in Switzerland and Team Canada in the Spengler Cup.

Another Avalanche player that stayed busy during the lockout was Paul Stastny. He suited up in 13 games for EHC Munchen in Germany, getting 18 points. 

Two guys that will try and pick up where they left off are Jamie McGinn and Steve Downie. Both were acquired at the trade deadline and played well for Colorado.

In what could be his swan song, Milan Hejduk is eight points away from 800 and nine games from 1,000 for his career. 

Also on the roster are two newcomers who are looking to make their mark in different ways. John Mitchell was brought on board for his faceoff prowess and penalty killing ability. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is a skilled playmaker that finally was able to showcase his skill set with the New York Islanders.

Rounding out the forwards are sniper David Jones, tough guy Patrick Bordaleau, Mark Olver and Chuck Kobasew.

The Avalanche open the season Saturday at Minnesota.

Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog, Hockey, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, NHL, Paul Stastny

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