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Avalanche signs Matt Duchene

No. 3 Overall Pick in 2009 Draft Inks entry-level deal

Thursday, 07.16.2009 / 11:39 AM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"Matt is an integral part of our future," said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. "He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character.  We're excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall."

Duchene, the third overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, is the highest draft pick for the Avalanche since the team moved to Colorado in 1995.  The Haliburton, Ontario native just completed his second season with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, where he finished third on the club in scoring with 79 points (31g/48a) in 57 games.  Duchene, 18, ranked second on the club in assists, third in goals and plus/minus (+32) and tied for the team lead in both power-play (12) and short-handed goals (4).  He added 26 points (14g/12a) in 21 playoff games.

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