Why the Rangers felt they could move Anthony Duclair

Anthony DuclairOn the day of the trade deadline, Alain Vigneault said that he loved “The Duke” but that to get “quality players” like Keith Yandle you need to give up a lot.

Glen Sather was asked specifically about giving up Duclair and said that it would have been a more difficult decision to include him in the deal if Kevin Hayes “hadn’t come around.” Sather said that he feels that the organization has players in the organization who can fill the same role as Duclair. He added that it’s a “calculated risk” to move a guy like Duclair but “I think it’s well worth it.”

Eddie Olczyk said on WFAN on March 2nd, “I hadn’t seen him enough at the NHL level to get a good feel for him. You look at some of the youngsters that the Rangers have, in particular JT Miller.  Eddie said that Miller and Duclair are very similar players and that Duclair “performed well at times in the games that I saw but the Rangers would know him better. ”

He added, “will Duclair become a 20 goal scorer in the NHL? I think the jury is out on that?”

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It was Anthony Duclair that got the deal done for Arizona

Duclair 2Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Anthony Duclair was the player that made him do the Keith Yandle trade. (McLellan)

Maloney said that getting Duclair changed his mindset of only wanting to move Yandle for an “established” top-six forward. (Morgan)

He also said that other teams were inquiring about Yandle but all wanted to wait until the end of the season and none had prospects like Duclair. (Morgan)

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Anthony Duclair was in shock about being traded

Duclair3/2/15 | 9AM: Phillipe Boucher, the coach of the Remparts, called Jeff Gorton between periods to confirm the trade and to tell Duclair. (La Presse)

3/1/15 | 7:40PM: Anthony Duclair was told after the second period of his game today that the Rangers had traded him to Arizona. (TVA)

Duclair said that he was “in shock” and had a lot of emotions running through his mind during the third period of his game for Quebec. (TVA)

He said that he was disappointed but excited to go to Arizona and play with his friend Max Domi. (TVA)


Anthony Duclair is going through some struggles right now

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair has six goals and 12 assists in 15 games for Quebec but is scoreless in two of his last four games.

He only has two shots in his past three games

Duclair says that he is more disappointed with how he is playing than frustrated and he would like to play better. Duclair says that he always brings a positive attitude to the rink and works as hard as he can in practice. (La Presse)

He also said that his issues are not related to physical fatigue of being with the Rangers, then Team Canada and now Quebec but more mental. He says that his confidence has a lot to do with how he is playing and that it’s up to him to bounce back if he has a tough game. (La Presse)

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Anthony Duclair is heating up in Quebec

DuclairAnthony Duclair had a goal and two assists last night for Quebec in their win.

Duclair has goals in four straight games, five in that span, and has 9 points in the last three games.

He has 17 shots in the last four games.

Benoit Groulx, who coached Duclair at the World Juniors, said that Duclair never felt like he was bigger than the team after his time in the NHL. He said that Duclair demonstrated “professionalism, maturity and his confidence was contagious.” (La Presse)

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More is being expected of Anthony Duclair in Quebec

Duclair2/1/15 | 9:45AM: Duclair had two goals and two assists on Saturday night.

It was called his most “brilliant outing” since returning to Quebec. (Journal de Quebec)

1/30/15 | 4:39PM: Anthony Duclair has seven points in eight games since returning to the QMJHL.

He has two goals, five assists, a minus two rating and 26 shots on goal but Mario Morisette says that Duclair hasn’t been the player he has been expected to be so far. (Journal de Montreal)

Morisette says that Duclair is considered among the “most dominant players in the QMJHL”(Journal de Montreal)

Phillipe Boucher says that Duclair has all the skills to play in the NHL but needs to keep working on his work ethic as well as his body language. (La Presse)

Duclair said that he doesn’t look at himself as the savior of the Remparts but does feel some pressure to perform. He said that he wants to be a leader on the team and someone who pushes the other players. (La Presse)

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Read: Where Anthony Duclair and Pavel Buchnevich rank in the top 50 prospects

Pavel BuchnevichCorey Pronman ranks Anthony Duclair and Pavel Buchnevich in his list of the top 50 prospects. (ESPN Insider)

Duclair comes in at #12 and Pronman ays that his “speed, puck skills and energy are dynamic.” He says that when Duclair bulks up a but he will be able to play the type of game that can “thrill” people. While he isn’t a strong defensive player he has gotten better and shows a “great work ethic.” (ESPN Insider)

Buchnevich is at #15 and Pronman says that while he needs to “bulk up” and sometimes gets “flustered” by physical play, Buchnevich is a player who can create for himself as well as his teammates. He could push for time on the Rangers if he comes over this summer. (ESPN Insider)

One scout told Craig Custance that Buchnevich is too high on the list and while he has a lot of talent, there are a lot of issues.” (ESPN Insider)

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