Just one New York Ranger prospect was in action on Saturday
evening as Anthony Duclair (2013 3rd) let everyone know that he is
back possibly even better than he was last season. Duclair recorded a hat trick
to help his Quebec Remparts jump out to a 4-0 lead after two periods as they
held on for a 4-3 win over the Rimouski Oceanic in QMJHL exhibition play.
Duclair did what he does best which is special team goals
scoring two on the power play and one shorthanded during a 7:36 span of the
second period. Duclair got on the board at 6:52 as his Remparts were on a rare
4 on 3 power play and gave Quebec a 1-0 lead.
Just 63 seconds later at 7:55 with the Remparts now on a 5
on 4 power play, Duclair made it 2-0 for his Remparts. Duclair just missed out
on registering a natural hat trick but with his Remparts shorthanded, Duclair
got his hat trick at 14:28 still in the second period and for Quebec a 4-0
It wasn’t a perfect game for Duclair but it was a good one
as he was named the game’s “first star.” His stat line looks pretty solid with
the 3-0-3 as he had 5 “dangerous” shots out of 9 shots total, a +1, two minor
penalties (slashing, roughing on the same play) and he was 0-2 on his faceoffs.
Duclair is coming off a strong showing at Canada’s summer
junior evaluation camp where he pretty much locked up a spot on Canada’s 2015
Under-20 team. If this was just a tease as to what to expect from Duclair
between now and the Ranger training camp then training camp will be fun to
Duclair can score and score in any situation there is no
question about his offensive skill set. The questions now are about his defense
and can his body handle the NHL physical play? Those two areas are why Duclair
will most likely wind up in the QMJHL for the 2014-2015 season.