#10: Matt Duchene
I wouldn’t have even though twice about putting Matt Duhene on this list if you asked me this question this time last year. But I can’t deny the special season he had offensively, and how he’s now the franchise’s all-time single season goal scorer with 43 goals.
If Duchene follows up last season with another 40-plus goal outing in 2022-23, then we’ll starting having serious discussion about moving him up much higher than No.10. But I need more before that happens. One season isn’t enough.
Duchene took his game, and leadership, to another level last season. He was focused, consistent every game, and provided a huge spark playing alongside Filip Forsberg. It was arguably the best one-two punch of a season from two forwards that the Nashville Predators had ever seen in their existence.
I do think this can be repeated in 2022-23, but I’m also aware that Duchene can be streaky at times. It’s plagued him his entire career. He’s No.10 for now because he’s going into just his fourth season here, and one of those seasons he appeared in just 34 regular season games putting up a pedestrian 13 points.