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A Series: Looking into Avalanche and Nordiques Player Numbers: Number 9

Robert Laberge

Matt Duchene: Ah, Matt, most fans remember when he was Drafted. Actually, most probably remember when Victor Hedman was drafted one spot before him, second overall, and Matt did a little fist pump and a big "yes" in 2009. Matt grew up a Colorado fan and couldn't wait to put on the jersey. He understood the hatred fans had for the Detroit Red Wings. Heck, his first goal was against the Detroit Red Wings. Fans loved him - he was one of them. He became the face of the team. As a rookie in 2010 he played 81 games, the next year he played 80, last season he only played 58 games due to injuries. So far Matt has played in 219 games, had 65 goals, 85 assists and 57 penalty minutes.

Paul Kariya:Ah, Paul Kariya. In 1993 Paul was drafted 4th overall by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. In the summer of 2003 the Avalanche excitedly announced that both Paul and Teemu Selanne wanted to pair up, play together and play in the Denver air. Unfortunately for the Avalanche, that Dream Duo was short lived due to injuries. During the 2004 season Paul played 51 games, had 11 goals, 25 assists, 22 penalty minutes and was a -5.

Brad Larsen:Brad is one of those rare players that is drafted twice. Ottawa drafted him 53rd overall in 1995 and two years later the Colorado Avalanche drafted him 87th overall. Brad was part of the Colorado family 1998 until he was traded in 2004 to the Atlanta Trashers. Although he made appearances in 5 seasons, he only had two season that he played more than 10 games for the Avs. In 2002 he played in 50 games and in 2004. Overall he played 92 games, had 4 goals, 12 assists and 60 penalty minutes.

Mike Ricci: Mike was drafted 4th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990. Between 1993 and 1998 Mike played for the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche. With both teams he played 339 games, had 91 goals, 137 assists and 389 penalty minutes.

Marc Fortier: Marc was an undrafted NHL player. From 1988 to 1992 he played for the Quebec Nordiques and their AHL team. While with the Nords he played 157 games, had 37 goals, 50 assists and 91 penalty minutes. He fluctuated from a -18 and a -3.

Tony McKegney: Tony had two separate go's at being a Quebec Nordiques. He was selected 38th overall in the 1978 Draft. His first time with the team he played 105 games, had 36 goals and 36 assists and 35 penalty minutes. In his second time he played 98 goals, had 33 goals, 27 assists and 89 penalty minutes. He also managed to be a - 31 and a -25 during his two last years with the Nords.

Doug Shedden: Doug was drafted 93rd overall in the 1980 draft. The bulk of his NHL career was spent in Detroit, in 1987 he made his brief stop in Quebec. During his time there he played 16 games, had 0 goals, 2 points, and was a -5.

Brent Ashton: What sets Brent apart from the others on this list? According to Wikipedia he is tied for the title of the Most Traded Player in the NHL. A 29th overall pick in 1979, Brent made a brief appearance in Colorado as part of the Rockies crew in 1982. Between 1985 and 1987 he was a member of the Nordiques. In 172 games with the team he had 78 goals, 75 assists and 119 penalty minutes. He fluctuated from a -12 to a +18 in that time.

Réal Cloutier: Réal was drafted 9th overall in 1976 by NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. He was part of the Quebec Remparts that won the Memorial Trophy in 1974. In his last year in the QJMHL he had 216 points. He was underage to play in the NHL, so he started playing for the Quebec Nordiques in 1975, this is important because once it the WHA joined the NHL, the Nords gave up their first round pick to be able to keep Réal. when you look at his WHA numbers, it's no wonder why. He was the fourth leading scorer in WHA history. In the regular season he had a total 283 goals and 283 assists for a total of 566 points in 369 games. He only appeared in 48 playoff games while in the WHA, and he managed to get 63 points in those games. Once the Nords joined in the NHL he kept playing with the Nords for four years. He played 245 games, 122 goals, 127 assists.