Duchene is going to be the popular pick because he’s the superstar acquisition who has already previously put up 70-plus point seasons in the past. Collectively with Ottawa and Columbus last season he tallied 70 points, nearly an average of one point per game. That’s including the fact that he started off slow with Columbus at the end of the season with just 12 points in 23 games.
Everything is going to come together for Duchene in Nashville. This is the perfect spot for him. He’s going to make everyone around him so much better, and he’s going to thrive on the power play. He’s one of the most dynamic and complete players the Predators have ever had.
Duchene looked really sharp, albeit in the preseason, in his team debut. He scored the game-tying goal with less than four seconds remaining, and was all over the offensive zone the entire game. I think that’s just a small taste of what we’re going to see in his first season with Nashville.
The Predators haven’t had a 70-plus point scorer in over a decade, with the last time being when J.P. Dumont and Jason Arnott tied with 72 points in the 2007-08 season. And yet the Predators have still been a perennial playoff team. This changes this season. I think we’re in store for one, or even two, 70-plus point scorers. Duchene will be one of them. Mark it down.