Future Watch: Anthony Duclair Hockey Rookie Cards, Arizona Coyotes – Sometimes players get drafted by one team and blossom with another. Most times it comes via a trade. When the New York Rangers acquired Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes last season one of the crown jewels they gave up in the trade was Anthony Duclair. Having already played 18 games in New York, scouts in Arizona had an idea of how he’d play at the NHL level. He was already a star in junior hockey and most knew he would make the Coyotes’ roster this season.
At 5′-11″, 185lbs the speedster had a chance to play under Patrick Roy with the Quebec Remparts and that taught him how to play defense. His offense was always there and in his draft year, he was just 17, so he was one of the youngest players in the 2013 group and the fact that he dropped to the third round meant that he had something to prove. He was able to score 50 goals in juniors but how many can he score at the highest level?
In his first 24 NHL games he has six goals and 14 points. If he can keep up this pace he will be a possible Calder finalist later in the season. For now he’s one of the best scorers in the desert and he’s playing at more than a point-per-game pace this season.
Anthony Duclair got his rookie card last season because of the games he played in New York before being shipped back to his junior hockey team. Interesting to note is that Duclair is one of just a handful of players to have two, legitimate Young Guns rookie cards. The first coming from 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey, has caught fire part of the reason being that his card was short-printed as Upper Deck rushed it into last year’s release. Some may have slept on that card until now.
The other was released as part of the Young Guns Update set and features Duclair in his Coyotes uniform.
Here’s a look at the phenom’s first career hat trick:
The better he gets the better the Coyotes get. It’s that simple.