22-Year-Old Left Wing – Chicago Blackhawks
Anthony Duclair Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract extension with the Coyotes in September of 2017.
Duclair is a surprise scratch for Tuesday's game against the Golden Knights, Scott Powers of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Duclair exploded for 20 goals and 24 helpers to go along with a plus-12 rating (tops on the team) and 49 PIM in his first full NHL campaign last year, establishing himself as one of the league's most poimising young forwards. The 20-year-old didn’t take a ton of shots – 105, to be exact – but showed extreme efficiency, scoring at a 19 percent clip. Those numbers are great for a second-year winger, although they could have been even better if he saw more ice time, as he averaged only 14:23. Max Domi and Duclair have a natural ability to connect with each other, and with veteran Antoine Vermette at the helm, a repeat performance – or better – is on the horizon. He'll continue making the Rangers regret dealing him for Keith Yandle for years to come.
Before his trade to the Coyotes in March, Duclair surprisingly made the Rangers roster out of training camp and played 18 games with the big club, recording seven points. After his playing time began to wane, Duclair returned to his junior team in the QMJHL, where he was slowed by an injury for part of the season and finished with 34 points in 24 games. In between his time with the Rangers and his junior club, Duclair starred for Canada at the World Junior Championship, showing the look of a top-six forward at the NHL level. He could attain that status right out of training camp this coming season, as the Coyotes were among the worst offensive teams in the league in 2014-15 and could desperately use an infusion of scoring talent on their top two lines. If Duclair is able to claim a featured role, the 20-year-old should show off high-end offensive abilities right away, though his plus/minus rating could suffer. He could potentially skate next to WJC teamate Max Domi to form an electric duo for the Coyotes both this year and into the future.
Considered one of the crown jewels of the Rangers’ prospect stash, Duclair spent last season terrorizing the QMJHL. The 5-foot-11 forward logged 99 points (50 goals) in 59 games with the Quebec Remparts before his campaign was derailed by a concussion. In spite of the missed time, Duclair still showed real growth, burying 30 more pucks than the previous year in just four additional games. Although Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton has recently said that he won’t rule out the possibility of the 19-year-old making the NHL team out of camp, he still retains one season of eligibility left in juniors. While it seems like a long shot that Duclair is this year's Nathan MacKinnon, the possibility still exists there. Dynasty owners should have already pounced on this one; deep league annual re-drafters should monitor his progress in camp, because it's entirely possible he gets at least a nine-game tryout before the Rangers send him back to juniors.
Selected in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 draft, this 17-year-old forward is said to have exceptional acceleration and ability to process a play quickly. Through 118 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, Duclair has amassed 116 points (51 goals, 55 assists), 72 penalty minutes and a plus-61 rating. The postseason doesn't seem to impact his offensive prowess either, nabbing six goals and 10 assists through 22 games for the Remparts. Though most scouts suggest he will need a lot of time to develop, the 5'11, 182-pound Duclair is certainly worthy of consideration for those in keeper leagues.