Anthony Duclair has seen his name pop up again in trade rumors. Elliotte Friedman said in his 31 Thoughts piece this week that the Arizona Coyotes are “working to find a fresh start” for the forward. His name came up last season during the trade deadline and again over the summer after a disappointing 2016-17 season.
The 22-year-old winger was a third-round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2013 NHL Draft. He was moved to the Coyotes as part of a package to acquire defenseman Keith Yandle at the trade deadline in 2015.
He burst onto the NHL scene in his first full NHL season scoring 20 goals and 44 points for the Coyotes. However last season was a big letdown for Duclair. He spent a lot of time in the AHL only playing 58 games with the Coyotes. He found himself in the doghouse of former head coach Dave Tippett.
After only scoring five goals and 15 points in the NHL last season. Duclair is working on a rebound season. Thus far he has seven goals and 13 points in 29 games for the last place Coyotes. In fairness to give the full picture, three of those goals came in one game. Also, he has one goal in his last 13 games and only three points total over that stretch.
Nonetheless, Duclair is on pace for a 17 goal and 32 point season. It’s no secret the Sabres could use some help in the bottom six and any secondary scoring would be a welcome addition to the roster. Duclair will be a restricted-free-agent at the end of this season.
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