Oct 6, 2010 2:23 AM

Avs Duchene ready to kick off new season

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene landed a trophy-sized speckled trout over the summer at his favorite fishing hole back home in Canada.

It's simply been that kind of year for Duchene, whether the water is frozen or not.

The tough, young scorer led all NHL rookies in points last season as he helped the Avalanche defy expectations and make it back to the postseason.

Swapping his rod and reel for a hockey stick again, the 19-year-old has even bigger fish to fry this season.

Being bounced by the San Jose Sharks in the first round left a sour taste.

That early exit caused Duchene some restless down time this summer, his mind meandering toward the ice when he was on the lake.

The Avs finished 2-5-0 in the preseason.

They'll open the regular season at home Thursday against Chicago.

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