One of the most important parts of any professional sports team is shaping the future of the team. Whether it means the process of rebuilding the team after a few disappointing seasons or just making decisions to keep the successful seasons continuing, prospects are some of the most important players in the organization.
New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair is in the middle of an unbelievable season with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, totaling 50 goals and 98 points already on the season. The Rangers selected Duclair 80th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft.
As one of the most prolific scorers in the QMJHL, Duclair is one of most anticipated rookies to enter the NHL. Whether he enters the league next year or a few years from now, Duclair is certain to be an elite rookie and one of the best in recent history.
If the Rangers can surround Duclair with players who can get him the puck in scoring positions, players like Derek Stepan and Brad Richards, then the Rangers might have found their next star scorer. At the same time, Duclair has also proven that he can be an effective passer as well, accumulating over 40 assists this season as well as his 50 goals.
Duclair could become the Rangers’ next franchise player as he has proven that he is one of the best NHL prospects in the QMJHL.
With the proper coaching and talent surrounding him, Duclair can flourish as an NHL superstar capable of being the piece of the puzzle that finally brings the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals again.
Look out for the arrival of Duclair to Madison Square Garden; he will be the most anticipated player to make a rookie debut since Stepan a few years back. And with the skills he has, Duclair has the potential to be even better than Stepan.