Matt Duchene vs John Tavares: Two Young Stars Going in Opposite Directions

December 18th, 2010 by Bobby Brooks Leave a reply »
This is an article that I was going to write to start the season.  I was curious as to who people thought would turn out to be the better player.  I felt strongly that Matt Duchene would win this debate, but I wasn't entirely sure how things would shake out.  Both players had decent rookie seasons and both seemed poised for breakout years in 2010-2011.

In the summer I had Duchene second on my list of top 25 rising stars with Tavares a close third.  At the time I wrote this about Duchene:

This rookie of the year candidate manages to land in the runner-up spot despite being drafted behind John Tavares. It won’t be long until scouts re-evaluate that decision, and many already believe he has the higher upside.

One of the things that sets Duchene apart is his speed and skating ability. He is dangerous in any situation on the ice. He loves the game, and it shows with his fiery play.

Now, we are quickly approaching the halfway mark of the season and it's clear that Duchene's star is rising at light speed, while Tavares seems to be toiling away in a franchise in perpetual crisis. 

Now, let' ...

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