In Matt Duchene's first NHL season he finished with 24 goals and 31 assists in 87 games played. it was with these numbers Duchene was named NHL rookie of the month for december 2009 after putting up 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 14 games. Duchene played a large role for the Avalanche as they reached the playoffs. Although the Avs played hard against the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs, they were ousted due to a lack of experience. The following season Duchene continued to work hard, with 48 points in 59 games played. Matt Duchene is a talented versitile center with a promising career ahead of him. He is able to find the net, as well as set up his team with beautiful passing.