Nashville Predators: Top-5 Team MVPs Fueling Strong Start to Season

Nov 30, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund (64) after his hat trick goal during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 30, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates with Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund (64) after his hat trick goal during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Matt Duchene, Nashville Predators
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1. Matt Duchene

The Nashville Predators brought in Duchene in free agency in 2019 to boost a team that was struggling mightily from an offensive standpoint. Two years later, he is finally doing what was expected of him.

Duchene is the most talented forward on the Predators and it shows. He is the team leader in goals, with thirteen in just 26 contests, and has had his fair share of filthy assists, with twelve of them on the year. He also has a robust shooting percentage of 16 percent, which only trails Forsberg.

When Duchene is on top of his game, he is the player who poses the biggest threat to the opposing team’s back end. Not only can he shoot the puck well, but he can handle it and distribute it so smoothly, not to mention his speed.

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Duchene just has to stay consistent, and so far, he has been able to avoid being streaky. With his talent and performance for a team that needed an offensive threat so badly, he has been the biggest MVP for this team so far this year.

We’ll revisit this list later on in the season to see what changes while we see if the Nashville Predators can keep up their winning ways and outperform preseason expectations.