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
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
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.
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
Mackenzie Skapski (6th) – His Kootenay Ice lead
the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in their WHL series (Skapski has been benched for poor
Brady Skjei (1st)- His Minnesota Golden Gophers
play Robert Morris in the NCAA Tournament Saturday on ESPN2 starting at 5:30 PM
Steven Fogarty (3rd)- His Notre Dame Fighting
Irish face St. Cloud State in the NCAA Tournament Saturday on ESPNU starting at