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Avs keep 18-year-olds Duchene, O’Reilly on roster

Terry Frei
The Denver Post

The Avalanche apparently is taking this “rebuilding” and “youth movement” business very seriously. On Sunday, in solidifying its roster for the opening of the 2009-10 season, Colorado committed to keeping not one, but two highly touted 18-year-old centers – Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.

Before its Sunday practice, Colorado announced it had reassigned goalie Tyler Weiman, defenseman Derek Peltier and center Chris Durno to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

That left the Avs with 24 players, one over the limit, but defenseman Tom Preissing will be placed on the injured list. He is expected to be out at least until late October with a knee injury.

It wasn’t much of a surprise that Duchene, the third overall choice in the June draft, will be with the Avalanche at the start of the season. But going into camp, O’Reilly, the 33rd overall choice, was a longshot.

As it turns out, the Avalanche is keeping both of the centers rather than returning them to the major junior teams in the Ontario Hockey League.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_13434488

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