Youth is longer an excuse for the Colorado Avalanche.
Stocked with high draft picks, the Avs are entering a period where young players are no longer prospects that the organization will patiently coddle. This season marks a point where youngsters will be counted on to deliver, and the jump starts with Matt Duchene and captain Gabriel Landeskog. Both Duchene and Landeskog recently signed lengthy extensions with the Avs, Duchene for 5 years worth $30 million and Ladeskog for 7 years, $39 million. The youngsters have been introduced to big money.
Matt Duchene and captain Gabriel Landeskog will be expected to lead the Colorado Avalanche for years to come.
Entering his fifth season in the NHL, Duchene, 22, is now heading into what the Avalanche expect to be be the prime of his career. Duchene, the third pick in the 2009 draft, has had ups and downs since entering the NHL but seemed to elevate his game last season. While only playing 47 due to the lockout, Duchene proved to be strong...