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    I picked him up on the cheap during the offseason (gave up a 2nd round pick for him), with the intention of packaging him with someone else (possibly Marleau) for a top LW keeper. However, I'm beginning to wonder if I would be better served by hanging on to him. He seems to have figured out what it means to be a pro, with all the talk of his offseason training program, and it's paying off in spades early on. Would you rate him among the top 5-10 young LWs in the game?

    Another concern is whether or not he'll lose LW-eligibility in the future, so might have to move him for a straight up LW anyway...
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    Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (23-man rosters) | Protect 10 players w/a max of 1 goalie


    C - Crosby*, Malkin* (C/R), Tavares*, Roy, Mueller
    L - Marleau* (C/L), Duchene* (C/L), Doan (L/R), McLeod
    R - Giroux* (C/R), Kane* (C/R), Grabner, Kassian, Boll
    D - Yandle*, Letang*, McDonagh, Hamilton, Oduya, Clitsome
    G - Lundqvist*, Halak, Fasth

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    He has a similar skill set to Pat Kane. I'm high on him.
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    Skaters: G, A, PIM, +/-, HT, BS, SOG
    Goalies: W, (.5)SO, (.5)SV

    Roster:
    FW: E Kane, P Kane, Hartnell, Callahan, E Staal, Clowe, Jagr, Huberdeau, Henrique, Voracek, J Carter
    D: McDonagh, E Johnson, Jackman, Greene
    G: Crawford, Reimer, Thomas
    Rookie: Nichushkin

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    He hasn't lined up at LW all year, so I wouldn't count on him retaining LW eligibility. He's a true center. From what I recall, he was tried on wing last year when he was struggling with injuries to give him a jump start.
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    C: Crosby, Duchene, Stamkos
    LW: Bailey, Boedker, Neal
    RW: Brouwer, Gaborik, Hemsky
    D: Bogosian, Carlson, Hedman, Vlasic, Yandle
    G: Bernier, Lehtonen, Ramo

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    Quote Originally Posted by rticinelli View Post
    I picked him up on the cheap during the offseason (gave up a 2nd round pick for him), with the intention of packaging him with someone else (possibly Marleau) for a top LW keeper. However, I'm beginning to wonder if I would be better served by hanging on to him. He seems to have figured out what it means to be a pro, with all the talk of his offseason training program, and it's paying off in spades early on. Would you rate him among the top 5-10 young LWs in the game?

    Another concern is whether or not he'll lose LW-eligibility in the future, so might have to move him for a straight up LW anyway...
    Duchene has been criminally undervalued recently. This kid put up 67 points his 2nd year in the league and was well on his way to becoming a star. Last season was an unmitigated disaster, he was recovering from an injury and his confidence hit an all-time low as things simply went off the rails. He's back with a vengeance this year and is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. I know he qualifies at LW in Yahoo but he's really a centre. I'm not sure how shallow a league would have to be before he wouldn't be considered a keeper. I'm predicting 75-85 point seasons for this kid in the very near future

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    Might be worth moving him for a true LW, then. Maybe someone like Evander Kane?
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    Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (23-man rosters) | Protect 10 players w/a max of 1 goalie


    C - Crosby*, Malkin* (C/R), Tavares*, Roy, Mueller
    L - Marleau* (C/L), Duchene* (C/L), Doan (L/R), McLeod
    R - Giroux* (C/R), Kane* (C/R), Grabner, Kassian, Boll
    D - Yandle*, Letang*, McDonagh, Hamilton, Oduya, Clitsome
    G - Lundqvist*, Halak, Fasth

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    Quote Originally Posted by rticinelli View Post
    Might be worth moving him for a true LW, then. Maybe someone like Evander Kane?

    I was going to reply "Are you nuts?" until I see that you already have Crosby, Malkn and Tavares at centre. So in your unique situation, I would sell Duchene to the highest bidder.
    14 team Rotisserie league (No positional requirements: 5 Keepers + 1 Rookie). Weekly starts. Active Roster consists of 6 FW, 4 D, 2 G and 5 Bench.

    Skaters: G, A, PIM, +/-, HT, BS, SOG
    Goalies: W, (.5)SO, (.5)SV

    Roster:
    FW: E Kane, P Kane, Hartnell, Callahan, E Staal, Clowe, Jagr, Huberdeau, Henrique, Voracek, J Carter
    D: McDonagh, E Johnson, Jackman, Greene
    G: Crawford, Reimer, Thomas
    Rookie: Nichushkin

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ Flex View Post
    I was going to reply "Are you nuts?" until I see that you already have Crosby, Malkn and Tavares at centre. So in your unique situation, I would sell Duchene to the highest bidder.
    Not to mention Giroux, who might also lose RW eligibility at sometime in the future (though, I'm not selling him).

    Some LWers who I thought might be worthy are Parise, Hall, E. Kane or Ryan...
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    Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (23-man rosters) | Protect 10 players w/a max of 1 goalie


    C - Crosby*, Malkin* (C/R), Tavares*, Roy, Mueller
    L - Marleau* (C/L), Duchene* (C/L), Doan (L/R), McLeod
    R - Giroux* (C/R), Kane* (C/R), Grabner, Kassian, Boll
    D - Yandle*, Letang*, McDonagh, Hamilton, Oduya, Clitsome
    G - Lundqvist*, Halak, Fasth

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    Quote Originally Posted by rticinelli View Post
    Not to mention Giroux, who might also lose RW eligibility at sometime in the future (though, I'm not selling him).

    Some LWers who I thought might be worthy are Parise, Hall, E. Kane or Ryan...
    Sure. I think they are all fair value for Duchene.
    14 team Rotisserie league (No positional requirements: 5 Keepers + 1 Rookie). Weekly starts. Active Roster consists of 6 FW, 4 D, 2 G and 5 Bench.

    Skaters: G, A, PIM, +/-, HT, BS, SOG
    Goalies: W, (.5)SO, (.5)SV

    Roster:
    FW: E Kane, P Kane, Hartnell, Callahan, E Staal, Clowe, Jagr, Huberdeau, Henrique, Voracek, J Carter
    D: McDonagh, E Johnson, Jackman, Greene
    G: Crawford, Reimer, Thomas
    Rookie: Nichushkin

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    Duchene is as physically capable of anyone in the game, top speed, very strong, quick release, good moves with the puck etc. HOWEVER his lack of a high end hockey IQ will forever stop him from being a top 5 scorer. But if he really developed that aspect, he'd literally be a once in a lifetime player, above Crosby and Malkin.

    Sadly, very few players have top shelf hockey IQ and amazing physical abilities.
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    W 5 OTL 1 SO 6 SV 0.25 L-1 GS 1

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