Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien on Monday was overheard saying something to the effect that within five years, Colorado rookie left winger Gabriel Landeskog? could be the best player in the NHL.

"We're lucky to have him," O'Brien said.

When asked to clarify Landeskog's potential — whether he could become Colorado's best player, or the league's best — O'Brien answered: "In the league. Five years. Might be sooner than that. His game is just complete. For an 18-year-old to step in the situations and the minutes, it's unbelievable."