I know we all have players from teams outside of our favorites that we enjoy collecting. For some reason, for me, a few of those players come from the same team. I don't care either way for the Colorado Avalanche as a team, but I am a big fan of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Paul Stastny.
I had the opportunity to pick up a great looking Peerless patches autographed card of Duchene's and jumped at the chance. The hard-signed card features a three-colored swatch from the team's crest and is serial-numbered 17/40/
Duchene was the third overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft behind John Tavares (No. 1, Islanders) and Viktor Hedman (No. 2, Lightning). Duchene has played all three seasons after being drafted with his pro club, notching a total of 65 goals and 85 assists, with his most productive year coming in 2010-11 (27 G, 40 A). After his rookie season of 2009-10, he finished third in Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) voting behind winner Tyler Myers and second place Jimmy Howard. With the players currently being locked out, Duchene is temporarily playing with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien.