Anthony Duclair has one season left of junior eligibility and can either spend next season with the Rangers or return to Quebec in the QMJHL.
Duclair had 50 goals and 49 assists last season for Quebec.
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Asked about Duclair, Gordie Clark said, “we saw him a lot in the season and he just ratcheted his speed up to another level in the second half and that is what caused a lot of those goals. We are hoping for a World Junior invite for him and let him get that experience but they are also in the Memorial Cup so he will go deep into the season next year which is good for him.” (Rangers)
Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said, “he was good last year when he came to camp and he took off when he got back to Quebec. We are always looking for a young guy to make the team, it’s good for everything, the room, the cap, there are a lot of reasons why we want young players to make our team. Will he do it, I don’t know but we are never in a situation where we will say that he is going back to junior no matter what, we would love for a guy to come in at 19 and make our team, a guy with speed like that, with the way we play, I think he would be a good fit for us. Cross our fingers that he is healthy but if he isn’t he will go back and hopefully score 60 goals instead of 50.” (Rangers)A
On Duclair, Craig Button said during the NHL Draft, “Duclair was a third round pick last year….steal. It’s so interesting, we heard a lot about Anthony Deangelo and Josh Ho-Sang in this years draft and can they fit in with a team, maturity issues, same thing with Anthony Duclair going in the third round. It’s a steal, he should have been a first round pick. He is a big time, outstanding athlete and really good player. He got in the cross-hairs of Patrick Roy with the Quebec Remparts but people might say, he listen, that is is the lightning rod that got him to mature a bit but at the smae time it’s what allowed the Rangers to get him in the third round.”
Rangers prospect camp starts today