The Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers have enough top-three overall NHL draft picks that the term "young NHL stars" is a depth chart for both teams. Thursday night at the Pepsi Center, beautiful goals by those up-and-coming giants of the game were commonplace between the former division foes. The Avs' Matt Duchene, selected No. 3 overall in 2009, is usually the postgame spokesman for his stellar play, and once again he had microphones dialed in front of his face after Colorado's 4-2 victory that evened the season series 1-1 between the teams. "Both teams have a great future, no doubt in my mind," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "We just need to be more mature and learn a bit more — getting experience, basically." Duchene had two assists and an empty-net goal for his third consecutive multipoint game, and fourth in his last five. The speedy center and probable 2014 Canadian Olympian has 10 points in his electrifying five-game stretch. Linemate Ryan O'Reilly capped a terrific tic-tac-toe play by the Duchene line — particularly rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the No. 1 overall pick last June — to tie it 2-2 late in the second period, and fellow pick-of-the drafts Taylor Hall (2010) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) of the Oilers each had two points.
Avalanche tops Oilers 4-2 in battle of young stars
Denver Post | Dec 20