Can the Blue Jackets reach Duclair's Untapped Potential?
By Patrick Hoffman
Anthony Duclair has already quite the interesting career in the NHl for someone that will be just 23-years-old in August.
He's already played on three teams in the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, and Chicago Blackhawks, has had some off ice issues, had been demoted to the minors and has yet to show why he was worthy of being drafted high in the 2013 draft. He's had one decent season so far and that was in 2015-16 when he had 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points.
Other than that, Duclar has been a complete disappointment and a bust. Heck, people could even question whether he even belongs in the NHL.
Going into this upcoming season, Duclair will be with his fourth NHL club. In early July, the Columbus Blue Jackets decided to sign him to a one-year deal at $650 thousand.
He may still be young, but this might be Duclair's last chance to show that he belongs in the league. In order to do that, he needs to demonstrate a few things.
For starters, he needs to show that he can be consistent. I'm not just talking about putting up points as his effort on the ice has come into question by all the teams he has played for so far.
The good news is that Duclair will be playing for John Tortorella. As we all know, Tortorella demands hard work, consistency, and 100 percent every single day. If Duclair can't do that, Torts will sit him until Duclair gets what he has to do.
Secondly, Duclair needs to show that if he cannot put up points, that he can still play a well-rounded hockey game. He needs to show that he can play well at both ends of the ice, that he can be a responsible player, and that he can play in whatever role that Torts puts him in.
Speaking of producing, he does have the ability to do that. It was just a few seasons ago that he potted 20 goals so we know that he can put the puck in the net.
With that said, he needs to show that he is willing to improve as a player. He's still really young, which means that he is still more than coachable and that he should be willing and eager to learn to be a complete NHL player.
If Duclair wants have success with his new team and show everyone that he belongs in the league, he needs to get off the roller coaster and instead show that he can be consistent every night both on and off the ice.
Patrick currently covers the NHL here as well as for WTP Sports.
Has previously covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.