Read: Anthony Duclair is surprising himself

Anthony DuclairAgainst 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.”

Alain Vigneault said last night that Duclair has definitely caught their attention.

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Read: Anthony Duclair on his game/Alain Vigneault on the impression he made

DuclairAlain Vigneault was asked to asses the play of Anthony Duclair after his strong performance on Friday night.

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.

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Read: Anthony Duclair was impressing everyone last night

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)

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Recap: Anthony Duclair on MSG

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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:Duclair 2

  • 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.”

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Read: Anthony Duclair feels he is having a better camp

Anthony Duclair10:08PM: Duclair’s contract DOES NOT slide for this season and that whether he is with the Rangers or back in junior, he will only have TWO-YEARS left on his entry-level deal after this season. (NY Post)

Duclair won’t have arbitration rights when his ELC expires. He missed the cutoff to have his second year slide by a week. This arrangement is what Duclair’s camp wanted. (NY Post)

9/25/14 | 4:24PM: Anthony Duclair will play in his first pro game tomorrow against Chicago and start on a line with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard.

Asked how training camp was going, Duclair said “pretty good, much better than last year. Last year I was only here for a week and I had a tough time adjusting to the pace and this year I feel more comfortable and I think the older guys have helped me a lot.” (Lohud via Soundcloud)

  • Last year Duclair was part of the first group of players cut and sent back to his team in Quebec.

Asked if he feels ready, Duclair said “I do, much better than last year. I will see tomorrow how I handle myself against pros and take it from there.” (Lohud via Soundcloud)

He said that he can’t look too far ahead besides being ready everyday. Duclair added that Nash and Brassard have helped him with positioning since it’s different from what he is used to playing juniors. (Lohud via Soundcloud)

Alain Vigneault said today that Duclair is staying with the Rangers for a little while to help his conditioning and understanding of what it takes to be a pro athlete. (Lohud via Soundcloud)

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Read: Anthony Duclair on his game and what he needs to add (Updates)

9/18/14 | 10:27AM: Duclair is an “exciting and explosive” player who was the most offensively talented player the Rangers had in Traverse City. He needs more experience and strength before becoming a pro.  (Treff)

Anthony Duclair`9/17/14 | 9:27AM: When Duclair “gets going” he can do “fantastic” things on the rush. (THN)

9/12/14 | 8:39AM: Last year in the Traverse City tournament, Anthony Duclair played in four games, was a plus one, had one assist and two shots on goal.

Yesterday, Duclair spoke with the media prior to leaving for the tournament: (Rangers)

  • “I know how the Rangers handle themselves off the ice and on the ice as well and it’s a bit easier this year.”
  • When do you want to make the NHL, “as soon as possible. I am coming here to impress and do the best that I can and crack the lineup this year but I also need to be realistic. I still have development to go and if I go back to Quebec City this year it’s not a bad thing. It will help my development and help me mature.”
  • What is the next step for you, “Strength overall. Still 19 and a kid, playing against Men…my two-way game is getting better. I have a lot to work on but strength is one of my main points.”
  • Do you feel better than last year, “Much closer, since last year I put on some weight and matured off the ice and on the ice as well. It’s my second camp and I am feeling much more comfortable.”
  • How much weight, “I gained about 10 pounds this last year…of good weight.”

The Rangers open the Traverse City Tournament tonight against Dallas.

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