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Fantasy Summary

Good finisher with a strong release who excels as a net front presence despite his small stature. Needs to add pace to his game but has potential as a middle six goal scorer at the NHL level.


Observations

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June 2022 – Duke had a down year statistically, but he was also playing around four minutes less a night in comparison to his draft year. He was on a stacked Michigan team, with the likes of Thomas Bordeleau, Matthew Beniers, and Brendan Brisson all getting more ice time. I’d expect an improvement on his 22 points in 48 games next year.

He plays a high-energy game: he’s a very chippy player who sets up shop in front of the net and doesn’t let anyone bigger or smaller than him muscle him out of position. I don’t see him becoming less lower than a 3rd line player, which is a good role on a team like Tampa.

Curiosity abounds as the futures of Beniers and Bordeleau will directly affect the opportunity in front of him next season. But with the likes of Nazar and McGroarty coming into the mix next year, this will be one roster to keep your eyes on. Caleb Kerney.

July 2021 – Duke was selected in the fourth round, 126th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 NHL Draft. Dave Hall

February 2021 – Duke has been an impact player for the USNTDP squad this season, leading the team with 20 goals and tied for the team lead with 34 points in 30 contests. His play this season has him in the conversation as a potential late first-round pick and he should push for a spot on the American WJC team next year.

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