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Duchene leads an impressive young group that also boasts Chris Stewart, who had a breakout season in 2009-10. Stewart, who recently signed a new two-year deal with the club, paced the Avs with 28 goals and finished second with 64 points. He also had 100 hits and 74 penalty minutes. Duchene and Stewart will likely skate on the same line alongside T.J. Galiardi, a 22-year-old who had 15 goals and 24 assists.

After missing a large chunk of the 2008-09 season, Paul Stastny returned in a big way and racked up 79 points (20 goals, 59 assists) in 81 games. Stastny, who doesn't turn 25 until Dec. 27, hadn't made it through a full season since his rookie campaign of 2006-07, when he had 28 goals and 50 assists. It's possible he'll be lined up with Milan Hejduk (44 points in 56 games last season) and Peter Mueller, who had 9 goals and 11 assists in just 15 games after being acquired from Phoenix. Mueller missed the postseason due to a concussion.

Duchene wasn't the only Avs' rookie last season to put up impr
essive numbers. Ryan O'Reilly, the club's second-round pick from 2009, had 26 points and a plus-4 rating in 81 games and is in line to be Colorado's No. 3 center. Who he will skate with remains to be seen, but possibilities include Cody McLeod (138 penalty minutes last season) and Brandon Yip, who had 19 points in 32 games as a rookie.

Other forwards competing for spots include Daniel Winnik, who was acquired from Phoenix, as well as Philippe Dupuis, David Jones, David Koci, Ben Walter, Kevin Porter, Greg Mauldin and David Van der Gulik.
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