During the 2014 NHL preseason, New York Rangers forward prospect Anthony Duclair made a strong case for a roster position after he generated five points in five preseason games. And, after checking off that accomplishment, Duclair is now making a case for staying beyond the nine-game tryout period after posting five points in seven games, including his first NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Duclair’s first marker came in dramatic fashion as he completed a Rangers’ comeback from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits, scoring the game-tying goal with just under four minutes remaining in the third period. Duclair skated in on the right wing and fired home a shot from the face-off circle that Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper would probably like to have back.
Duclair has two games left before the Rangers must decide whether to keep him or return him to the QMJHL‘s Quebec Remparts. The Remparts already are among the better teams in that league, but they may have to do without their 50-goal scorer from 2013-14.
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