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His Season is Over
Duclair's team is eliminated

Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Posted by Jess Rubenstein
March 29, 2014 at 05:26 am

There won’t be any more wondering if Anthony Duclair (NYR 2013 3rd) would be recovering from his concussion to play again this season as his Quebec Remparts were eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Remparts lost on Friday evening 6-2 and lost the series 4-1 ending their season.

Duclair who has been out with a concussion suffered during a game with the Shawinigan Cataractes on February 28th was by far the best prospect that the New York Rangers had this season. Duclair ended his season with a 50-49-99 that included 15 power play goals, 3 shorthanded goals, and 7 game winners.

Maybe his injury is a blessing in disguise as so many Ranger fan bloggers are already expecting Duclair to make the jump to the NHL next season. Even without his injury that would have been a long shot folks as Duclair is just 18 and he still has some growing to do.

Stop listening to these fan bloggers who read a bunch of numbers and anoint someone the “next elite thing” based on only numbers. Ask yourself how Duclair’s defensive game is as you know he is going to need to play defense in order to stick in the NHL. Is Duclair’s body ready to handle the punishment of the NHL game?

It is one thing to score 50 goals on a bunch of 16-20 year old kids but that is not who will be defending him at the NHL level. And really folks Duclair doesn’t even turn 19 for over a month so why place tags on the kid when he isn’t even ready?

Nobody wants to see Ranger prospects make it to the Rangers any more than I do as I believe in developing from within. But when will Ranger fans learn from the mistake of rushing prospects to the NHL before they were ready?

Michael St. Croix was 45-60-105 playing for Edmonton in the WHL two seasons ago and you know where he is spending his first professional season? If you said Greenville of the ECHL then you would be right.  Josh Nichols who had 47 last year in the same league is with St. Croix this year.

The point is that too many Ranger bloggers see someone’s stats and place tags on that poor kid without ever seeing what his total game is like. Just as quickly as a kid like Duclair is anointed as the “next star” will those same “experts” turn on Duclair when he doesn’t win the Calder or score 30 goals.

Michael Del Zotto and Evgeny Grachev are just 2 prime examples of what happens when you rush someone to the pro ranks before they are ready. The NHL landscape is littered with those "can't miss" prospects who never were developed properly. Just once let's learn from the mistakes of the past.

Exit Soapbox

Who is left?


Adam Tambellini (3rd) - His Calgary Hitmen trail the Kootenay Ice 3-2 in their WHL series.

Ryan Graves (4th) – His Val-d’Or Foreurs are waiting to find out who they play in the 2nd round of the QMJHL playoffs.

Mackenzie Skapski (6th) – His Kootenay Ice lead the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in their WHL series (Skapski has been benched for poor play)


Brady Skjei (1st)- His Minnesota Golden Gophers play Robert Morris in the NCAA Tournament Saturday on ESPN2 starting at 5:30 PM EDT


Steven Fogarty (3rd)- His Notre Dame Fighting Irish face St. Cloud State in the NCAA Tournament Saturday on ESPNU starting at 9PM EDT.


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