Duclair Dazzles in Canada's 6-2 Win Over the Czech Republic
By Matt Calamia
Anthony Duclair seems to have not missed a beat.
After the 18-year-old sat out the final month and the playoffs last season for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League due to a concussion, Duclair showed no signs of rust in his first game back — Rangers prospect development camp notwithstanding — when he scored a goal and an assist in Team Canada's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic Tuesday night in the country's first World Junior Championship summer development camp game.
With Canada up 1-0, Duclair showed off the skill that turned heads this past season when he scored 50 goals in 59 games for the Remparts. Duclair scooped up a loose puck in his own zone and broke in, went between his legs and around the Czech defender, brought it back to his forehand and beat the netminder between the pads.
The goal was Duclair's second point on the night, as he picked up the primary assist on Sam Reinhart's goal just 1:05 into the game. Duclair skated on Canada's top line alongside Reinhart — whom Buffalo selected second overall in June's draft — and Nick Ritchie — who was taken 10th overall in June by Anahim and who picked up the secondary assist on Reinhart's goal.
"I had a little nerves tonight in the first period but after that I felt better," Duclair told Buzzing the Net. "It's the kind of move where if it doesn't work, you'll look like a fool. It worked in my favor. I had some speed. I knew I was alone and I tried that move and cut back in and it worked."
Duclair opened eyes last season with his 50-goal, 49-assist campaign in Quebec, making him one of the most exciting Rangers prospects currently in the system. He and Detroit 2013 first-round pick Anthony Mantha were the QMJHL's only 50-goal scorers.
Canada will face fellow Rangers prospects Pavel Buchnevich and Igor Shestyorkin and Team Russia Wednesday night. Buchnevich had one assist in Russia's 5-0 win over the Czech Republic earlier in the week.