New York Rangers: Three players given up on too early

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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 27: Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair was the Rangers top prospect in 2015, he was supposed to be the future of the organization. On a veteran team fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance, Duclair was going to make the jump to be an NHL regular. Evidently, that was not the case, after 18 games with the Rangers, Duclair was sent back to juniors. At the deadline that season, the Rangers were buyers and sent their top prospect to Arizona.  The return was Keith Yandle and despite his skill, it may have been a bit too early to move Duclair.

Duclair had holes in his game but was never given a chance to fix them. With the Rangers, Duclair played just 18 games and had limited offensive success ( one goal and six assists). However, the Coyotes gave Duclair a chance and he rewarded them with 20 goals and 24 assists in 81 games the next season.

His numbers have not consistently contributed offensively, but in fairness, Duclair is playing for the Arizona Coyotes who are the second worst team in the NHL. If he was still with the Rangers now, Duclair would make a great addition to the offensively starved middle six.

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