Duchene edged Anaheim Ducks right wing Dan Sexton (6-5--11), New Jersey Devils right wing Nicklas Bergfors (7-3--10), Avalanche left wing T.J. Galiardi (3-5--8), Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (0-8--8) and Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard (6-4-1, 1.90 goals-against average) for the award.
Duchene tallied points in nine games as the Avalanche posted an 8-5-1 record. He opened the month with his first NHL three-point game, notching two goals, one assist, a +3 rating and season-high seven shots in a 6-5 shootout loss at Florida on Dec. 2. Combined with his two-goal game at Tampa Bay on Nov. 30, Duchene became the first 18-year-old to tally multiple goals in consecutive games since Florida's Radek Dvorak in November 1995. He finished the month with points in six of his last seven games, capped by a two-assist effort in a 4-2 loss at Detroit on New Year's Eve.
The third overall selection in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene has moved within one point of the NHL rookie scoring lead thanks to a run of 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in his past 22 games. The Haliburton, Ont. native has 27 points (11-16--27), trailing 2009 first overall draft pick John Tavares of the New York Islanders (16-12--28).
Matt Duchene in December
|Dec. 2||at Florida||2||1||3||6-5 loss (SO)|
|Dec. 3||at Pittsburgh||0||0||0||4-1 loss|
|Dec. 5||at Columbus||0||1||1||3-2 win|
|Dec. 7||at St. Louis||1||0||1||4-0 win|
|Dec. 9||MINNESOTA||0||0||0||1-0 loss|
|Dec. 11||TAMPA BAY||0||0||0||2-1 win (SO)|
|Dec. 13||CALGARY||0||0||0||3-2 win|
|Dec. 15||WASHINGTON||0||1||1||6-1 loss|
|Dec. 19||COLUMBUS||0||2||2||5-2 win|
|Dec. 21||at Minnesota||1||0||1||4-3 win|
|Dec. 22||ANAHEIM||0||0||0||4-2 loss|
|Dec. 26||DALLAS||0||1||1||4-1 win|
|Dec. 30||at Ottawa||1||0||1||4-3 win|
|Dec. 31||at Detroit||0||2||2||4-2 loss|