Alain Vigneault said today that he expects to keep Anthony Duclair in the Rangers lineup tomorrow against Montreal.
In his two games since returning to the Rangers lineup, Duclair has 1 shot on goal and an average of 12:44 and 9:25.
He has two hits in those games, 1 shot that was blocked, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway and one blocked shot.
Duclair has been on the ice at 5 on 5 for 17 shots for and 11 against. (War on Ice)
Asked about Duclair’s recent play, Vigneault said today, “yes, he is learning, he is improving with every practice and every opportunity to play. His situation has not changed. He is still day to day and revolves around his progression as well as how the team is playing. He is coming along, he is a young player that is following the process.”
After being a healthy scratch for three games, Anthony Duclair will return to the Rangers lineup tonight and start on a line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin.
Duclair said that he is not used to sitting but that sitting out is part of the process that he is going through as a young player. He said that when he is in the lineup he needs to make a difference. (NHL.com)
He said that he has been learning by watching, talking to some veterans and watching video.He said that he is soaking in the experience and learning from guys like Rick Nash and Marty St. Louis (Ranger Rants)
Duclair added that he isn’t complaining about the situation that he is in and he would much rather be with the Rangers than back in juniors where he feels he doesn’t have much to prove. He thinks that practicing with the NHL players will help him in the long run. (NHL.com and Ranger Rants)
On what he has seen from Duclair, “in my mind, there is a skill set there that I haven’t seen a young player have in a long time. Sometimes for a guy like that, playing every night is not the right thing to do. When we sat him out for a couple of games the last time he came back and was real strong those first few games. It gives him time to practice and work with the coaches, some individual work with Arnie. It’s a long season, might not play tomorrow but is day to day and still part of this team right now.”
11/11/14 | 12:54PM: Alain Vigneault said of Duclair, “his situation is day by day, he is a very young player. I get it, he has to play but he isn’t playing tonight and tomorrow is another day.” (NYR)
11:34AM: Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Rangers play the Penguins. (Gross)
Alain Vigneault hassaid all season long that Anthony Duclair will stay with the Rangers as long as he can play in their top nine.
He said that Duclair may not play every game but when he does it has to be in the top nine.
Duclair spent Wednesday game playing on the fourth line and is scheduled to skate tonight with Kevin Hayes and Tanner Glass on the fourth line.
Asked about Duclair falling out of the top nine, Vigneault said that it has to do with balance in the lineup and the need for the Rangers to play four lines tonight and tomorrow because of the back to back. Vigneault added that he always wants to play four lines but when he does shorten the bench it’s because of performance reasons.