Alain Vigneault said after the game that Duclair had another good night and has definitely caught the attention of the organization. His poise, among other things, are also standing out to Vigneault. (NYR)
6:57AM: Flyers writer Sam Carchidi writes that Duclair looks like he could be a steal for the Rangers. (Philly)
Against the Flyers last night, Anthony Duclair had a goal, an assist, was a plus two, had two shots, 1 hit and played 15:27.
Joe Micheletti said last night, “If he continues to play at this level, the key is as the veterans get better closer to the regular season, will he keep this pace and then get better to stay at this level.”
Joe adds, “At this point the kid has been really impressive. He has been relentless on the puck, he has a nose for the net. He has the speed and how many players can score like that. He has size and speed.”
Vigneault said, “I thought he went in traffic, he used his speed to go into traffic, other than one where he took his penalty in the third period, his decision making at the lines were high percentage he made the right plays so, he will get another look without a doubt. He can definitely skate at this level. He had one very good first game and we will see what he can do tomorrow.”
Vigneault added that he didn’t see any issues with Duclair defensively and that his speed helps him.
In his first game as a pro, Anthony Duclair played 13:55, had a goal, an assist, 5 shots on goal, 1 hit and a penalty.
Alain Vigneault said after the game that except for one play, he felt Duclair had a “real strong game.” He adds that Duclair is “definitely creating an impression.”
Rick Nash said that Duclair played with a lot of speed, confidence and “took control of the game.” (MSG)
Asked about his game, Duclair said that Nash and Derick Brassard deserved a lot of credit for keeping him calm and helping him throughout the game. Duclair said that he felt calm during the game and that the speed of the game is much faster than in juniors. (MSG)
He added, “I want to stay here as long as possible, whether it’s making the team or starting the season, I just want to give it my all.” (MSG)
10:32PM: Scott Arniel told John Giannone that Duclair has explosive speed and has been good at getting back and tracking the puck when he doesn’t have it.
Duclair has also been praised all night long by Joe Micheletti and Sam Rosen.
9:29PM: Anthony Duclair was a guest of John Giannone on MSG and said:
On the first period, “I can’t put it int words for sure, an unbelievable feeling and probably the happiest kid in the world but I still have two periods to go and I have had the chance to play with two good players and I need to keep showing what I can show.”