Read: Why Anthony Duclair is scratched

Duclair1Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch tonight for the Rangers.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that the decision to sit Duclair was based on him playing 5 games in 8 nights and that there isn’t a spot in the top nine for tonight’s game.

Vigneault said when Duclair made the team, and referenced yesterday, that Duclair isn’t going to play every game but when he does play he needs to be in the top nine.

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Adam Rotter: I don’t think this is a big deal and that Duclair could be back in the lineup against the Devils on Tuesday. The Rangers will want to see how he responds for a couple of games before they make a decision on what to do with him this season. I just don’t know if the top 9 spot will always be there for Duclair this and he may be better off playing for Team Canada at the World Juniors and then the Memorial Cup for Quebec.

Read/Stats: Anthony Duclair fell out of the rotation last night

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair played 10:26 last night, his lowest amount of the season so far, including only one shift in the third period.

By period, Duclair played 6:07 in the first, 3:22 in the second and 57 seconds in the third. He saw 2:54 on the PP through the first two periods but was not part of the power play the rest of the game.

He started the game with Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash but in the second period was put with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore. His third period shift was with Dominic Moore and Chris Kreider.

Duclair drew two penalties in the second period. He had no shot attempts in the game.

Asked after the game about Duclair, Alain Vigneault said that he lost him in the rotation.

Dave Maloney said that Vigneault wanted to go with players he could trust. (MSG)

Alain Vigneault said at the start of the season that he would keep Duclair around if he could play in a top-nine role.

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Read: Anthony Duclair on his second game and how he feels

Duclair 2Anthony Duclair picked up his first NHL points last night by getting the primary assist on both of the Rangers goals.

Duclair was not credited with a shot on goal but hit the post and was credited with one shot that missed the net. He played 14:09 and while on the ice, the Rangers had 14 shot attempts for and 10 against. (HS)

Duclair told Dave Maloney that he felt he has played “pretty good” and gaining confidence with each shift and each game. (NYR)

He said that he was nervous/excited in St. Louis but started to get more confident against Columbus. (NYR)

Duclair added that he saw Rick Nash open and since it was an important game to him, he decided to pass him the puck rather than shoot it. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that Duclair played “another good game” and made some skilled plays.

Stats: Anthony Duclair’s first regular season game

Anthony Duclair5:38PM: Alain Vigneault said of Duclair’s game,  “The Duke, I thought the Duke had some moments. A lot of raw talent there, probably the biggest thing with younger players like him or JT, people think that playing without the puck is defense, it is but it’s also knowing where to go so you can get it quicker and play with it. The Duke and JT and a lot of the younger guys need to learn that and it’s part of the evolution and process of a young player. He made some nice plays on the PP and some of the reads he needs to improve are little details that we need to spend a little time with him. We will see how quickly he picks it up.”

10/10/14 | 11:35AM: In his regular season debut, Anthony Duclair played 11:12 and did not register a shot attempt or anything else on the NHL stat sheet.

Duclair played with JT Miller and Lee Stempniak and played 3:54 in the first, 3:31 om the second and 3:47 in the third. He did not get a shift in the final 7:38 of the third period.

He also saw 2:08 on the PP.

At 5 on 5, Duclair was on the ice for 7 shot attempts for and 10 against. (HockeyStats)

Larry Brooks writes that Duclair had some “impressive” shifts in the first period but was “ineffective” through the final two periods. (NY Post)

Before the game, Brian Leetch said on MSG, “”It’s not easy, there are a lot of new things that are coming your way but he has had such a good preseason. He forced his way into the lineup. They have games to give him a try. You can’t teach that finishing ability.”

Read: Good things happen when Anthony Duclair has the puck/his mindset now

Anthony DuclairAlain Vigneault said Monday that he told Anthony Duclair that he will start the season with the Rangers and that when he plays he needs to be a top-nine forward. Vigneault said that Duclair may not play every night but when he does play he needs to show that he can be a top-nine forward.

Asked about what he likes about Duclair, Vigneault said that he has an NHL skill set, including his hands and speed, and has earned the right to start with the Rangers after his training camp and preseason.

Derick Brassard said, “he will bring speed, We saw the talent that he has. He just has to play the same way that he has. His decisions with and without the puck are pretty good so I think he will fit in.” (NYR)

Marty St. Louis said that when he was 19 years old he was a “long way” from the NHL and that the advice to Duclair is that the job isn’t done and that he needs to keep elevating his game and “don’t be satisfied.”(NYR)

On what he likes about Duclair, St. Louis said that he has “good instincts offensively, so when he has the puck good things happen.” (NYR)

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Read: Rangers prospect report (9/29 to 10/5)

HalversonThe Rangers sent through a report on the past week for a few of their prospects:

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

Brandon Halverson, G – After winning each of his first two starts, Halverson continued his strong play for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) this past week. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .934 SV% in two contests. Halverson made 29 saves in a 6-4 victory against the Saginaw Spirit on October 1, and stopped all 28 shots he faced in a 2-0 road victory against the Sudbury Wolves on October 3.

OHL SEASON TOTALS: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 2.25 GAA, .935 SV%, 1 SO

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Buzz: Anthony Duclair to start with the Rangers

1:58PM: the Rangers supposedly have a deal in place to open up a spot for Duclair on their 50 contract list. (JSB)

9:AMThe Rangers have told Anthony Duclair’s agent that he will start the 2014-15 season with the Rangers.  (La Presse via Kerith Burke)

Duclair’s agent says that the Rangers have told him that Duclair will start in New York but may not spend the whole season with the Rangers as he can be sent back to the QMJHL at any time. (La Presse via Kerith Burke)

His agent says that “it serves him right” and that Duclair had a “super good training camp.”  (La Presse via Kerith Burke)

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Adam Rotter: Well he deserves it. I don’t know if Duclair is ready to be a regular NHLer but he is certainly ready for the next step in his development. The Rangers can keep Duclair as long as they want and return him to the QMJHL at any time, especially since his contract burns a year no matter where he plays. If Duclair starts to stagnate the Rangers can keep him, let him play for Canada at the World Juniors, and then decide whether to keep him or send him back to play for the Memorial Cup.