In case you haven't noticed, Matt Duchene has been red hot fire for the Colorado Avalanche through the month of October. Duchene scored his ninth goal of the season Sunday night, which ties a franchise record for the most goals in the season's opening month.
Beyond the goal total, Duchene has put on a display that has brought quality to the quantity of his production. This is what he busted out for his seventh goal of the season, which came against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night:
He also scored his eighth goal of the season later in the game on this wrist shot.
Ten days earlier, he executed this silky smooth transition through the Dallas Stars to register his 200th career point in the NHL:
Before that, he managed this beauty against the Washington Capitals:
Woo boy, those are pretty.
Colorado has jumped out to an ideal start. Virtually every projection had the Avalanche qualifying for the draft lottery, yet the team finished the first month with the second most points in the league. A big part of that has been the production of Duchene, who has the team lead in goals and points (13). And his early season success could lead to even bigger accomplishments than just tying records set by his idols.
Duchene was invited to Hockey Canada's developmental camp this summer and is a candidate for the 2014 Olympic team. Spots on the team will be difficult to come by, especially considering the talent of Canada's forward pool. If he continues to play like this, can Steve Yzerman and his staff keep him off the squad? It's difficult to see that.