Day 4 of the MHH staff retreat saw a tropical wave over Tenerife and persistent rains predicted. A few of us were tired and hungover from saying out all night at the local street festival so we all agreed it was a spa day and took advantage of volcanic mud baths, massages and the like. Ryan even got a pedicure! Rested and refreshed, we met up for tapas and sangria in the billiard room with Matt Duchene the topic of the day.
True or False: Matt Duchene is one-dimensional and doesn't have the defensive ability to be a #1 Center.
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Mostly False: Matt Duchene is by no means one dimensional and it is silly to think so. I don't believe he has the defensive ability to be a # 1 shut down center. He is fine defensively. He will never be Patrice Bergeron or Ryan O'Reilly, but he's not lazy and has solid defensive awareness. Say what you want about hockey writers, but he has fielded more than one Selke vote in the past. Offensively, he is what you want in a #1 center that isn't elite.