Anthony Duclair – 80 Overall (Third Round)
The Rangers third and final pick of the third round game to a kid, who is only 17 years old, and his best hockey has yet to come. His 50 points in 55, put him at a little less than a point per game, which was on par with last season where he was only 16. Don’t expect him to go right into the NHL when he turns 18 though in August, he has a lot of hockey to learn yet.
He can use his speed and his offense feeds off of his teams defense starting the play in the back. He has a cannon of a shot that will only get better, and is a solid player on the power play (and as Ranger fans can admit – we need all the help we can get). Yet he doesn’t have the hockey sense or the true ice vision that many good players in the NHL have at this time. While we have to remember that he’s only 17, he needs a few years in juniors still to develop his game.
Don’t expect to see him in the NHL for another 2-3 years. Let his game develop more in juniors, and allow him to gain all aspects of the game better as well, both on the offensive and defensive end.