Nashville Predators Key Stat Leaders: Forsberg Charges Offense, McDonagh's Defense

Over a quarter of the way through 2023-24, here's an update on Preds Stat Leaders

Nov 28, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates
Nov 28, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) celebrates / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 26, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Lauzon (3) waits for
Nov 26, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Jeremy Lauzon (3) waits for / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Hits: Jeremy Lauzon

The Predators are not the same bruising, physical team that they were under John Hynes, but it is not like that has completely gone away. Part of it could be Brunette trying to figure out what best suits his team, but the Predators are not shying away from battles and laying the body when needed.

A good balance of everything is necessary in the game of hockey, and like it or not, the Predators are still going to need some of that hard-nosed play to be a complete team. Luckily for them, they still have guys who have no problem being tough and gritty when necessary.

Jeremy Lauzon leads the team with 83 hits, next is Kiefer Sherwood with 77, Cole Smith has 69, and Yakov Trenin has 66. All of these guys on the team are known for being physical grinders, and it is no surprise that they are at the top of this list.

The only thing that I find truly surprising about this list is who is not on here, and that is Michael McCarron. He has always been known as a grinder and has multiple fights this year, but has only registered 17 hits in 23 games for some reason.

It might also seems surprising that Luke Schenn is not higher on this list, as he only has 30 hits on the year. But he has only played in nine games due to injury, so that explains it there.