Duchene Close to Returning from Knee Injury

(2/18/12) Matt Duchene has been out with a knee injury since Dec. 29th, but the Denver Post is reporting that he could finally make his return this Sunday against Winnipeg.  He's listed as day-to-day, so there are no guarantees here, but regardless Duchene will return to action very soon.

At the time of his departure, Duchene had only 12 goals and 12 assists in 49 games - a far cry from the pace he set in 2010-11, when he nearly reached 70 points in 80 games.  We don't expect a sudden outburst to close out the season, but Duchene has so much talent that next season he should rebound.  In fact, this injury blip may cause him to drop in the rankings for 2012-2013, so consider him a sleeper next September.