Besides Max Domi, the other player most likely to make the Coyotes opening day roster is Anthony Duclair. The Coyotes acquired Duclair from the New York Rangers for Keith Yandle. Duclair was selected 80th overall in the 2013 draft. He has spent the last three years in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. Duclair also has NHL experience, having played 18 games with the Rangers last season.
Duclair is also familiar with Max Domi. Together they dominated at the World Juniors Champions, bringing home the gold for Canada. The two go them combined for 9 goals and 18 points. Hopefully, their chemistry continues when they hit the ice for the Coyotes this fall. Duclair is a talented left wing, who is known for his speed and skating ability. He is able to make plays at high speeds and is not afraid to take a shot. The Coyotes are desperate for guys who not only score but actually shoot.
As with most players his age, Duclair would most likely perform better in the NHL if he put some weight on. He is not huge at 5’11 and 185 pounds. Duclair may also need to work on his decision making and penchant for turn overs.
While with the Rangers, Duclair had one goal and six assists for seven points. His first NHL goal was October 27, 2014, against the Minnesota Wild. On January 6, he was sent back to Quebec to finish the season.
In 2011-2012, Duclair played 63 games, scored 31 goals and racked up 35 assists for 66 points. During 2012-2013, he only played 55 games but scored 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points. Duclair missed five weeks during the season due to an ankle injury. Last season he played 59 games for the Remparts, scored 50 goals and assisted on 49 for a total of 99 points.
Duclair has the potential to be a force on the Coyotes. Paired with Domi and the Coyotes might have one scary scoring line. Fans should be starting to get excited about the future. There is a lot of young talent that will be coming up in the next year or so.