There will be plenty of Rangers fans shocked upon learning that super-prospect Anthony Duclair is heading to Arizona. But for GM Glen Sather, this was a no-brainer.
Yandle has been one of the league’s best offensive-minded defensemen with 41 points in 63 games this season and has been the anchor of Arizona’s power play unit.
The 19-year-old Duclair was assigned to Quebec on Tuesday, one day after he and Team Canada won the gold medal at the World Junior Championship.
Eventually his talent will blossom into NHL stardom, but this isn’t going to be Duclair’s year to shine. In all likelihood, the Rangers will return him to the juniors.
What unfolded was a comeback for the ages. The Rangers showed their fight, unleashing a hurricane in the form of Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.
Anthony Duclair scored his first NHL goal with 3:48 remaining, and Mats Zuccarello put the Rangers ahead 37 seconds later as New York stormed back from a three-goal deficit.
Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed after Monday’s practice that Anthony Duclair will make his debut on Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis.
The New York Rangers have acquired forward Joey Crabb from the Florida Panthers in a trade that opens up a roster spot for emerging teenage forward Anthony Duclair.
Wayne Simmonds scored in the second period, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in a preseason game Tuesday night.
19-year-old winger Anthony Duclair created a real buzz inside the famous walls of Madison Square Garden during Monday night’s 6-3 preseason exhibition victory over the rival Philadelphia Flyers.
Ryan Haggerty and Jesper Fast each scored twice, and rookie Anthony Duclair added another goal as the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 in an exhibition game Monday night.
Rookies Oscar Lindberg and Anthony Duclair scored in the first period and J.T. Miller and Marek Hrivik connected 2:40 apart late in the third in the New York Rangers’ 4-1 exhibition victory over Chicago.
The waiting truly proved to be the hardest part for the Rangers on NHL draft Sunday.