THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
Anthony Duclair, LW – The 19-year-old forward is the only Junior-eligible player remaining in Rangers Training Camp. In his preseason debut on Friday night against Chicago, Duclair registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied for the team lead with five shots on goal. Through New York’s first two preseason games, he is tied for the team lead in goals (one), ranks second in points (points), and is tied for second in assists (one).
NHL PRESEASON TOTALS: 1 GP, 1-1-2, 2 PIM, +1 +/- RATING
Brandon Halverson, G – Halverson returned to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and won both games he started this weekend. The 18-year-old made 37 saves in his OHL season debut on Friday in a 7-3 win against Sarnia, and stopped 35 of 37 shots in a 3-2 victory against Niagara on Saturday. Halverson is tied for second in the OHL in wins (two), is tied for fourth in SV% (.935), ranks fifth in saves (72), and is tied for seventh in GAA (2.50) this season.
OHL SEASON TOTALS: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .935 SV%
Adam Tambellini, C – Tambellini rejoined the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for their weekend contests after participating in Rangers Training Camp. He tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in his WHL season debut on Friday against Medicine Hat, and registered a goal in a 9-2 win on Sunday against Lethbridge. Tambellini is tied for the team lead in goals (two) and is tied for second on Calgary in points (three).
WHL SEASON TOTALS: 2 GP, 2-1-3, 2 PIM, +1 +/- RATING
PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT: ANTHONY DUCLAIR
After a strong performance in the Traverse City Tournament, Duclair has made a positive impression on the Rangers coaching staff in training camp. The Pointe-Claire, Quebec native has stressed how he wants to push for a roster spot even though he is still eligible to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season.
“I want to stay here as long as possible,” Duclair said following the Rangers’ 4-1 win against the Blackhawks on Friday night. Whether it’s making the team or (just) starting the season, I want to come here every day ready to work and give it my all.”
Duclair also mentioned how one of the biggest differences between the NHL and the Junior game is speed, and Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault noted that speed is an asset Duclair possesses.
“Duclair showed he’s definitely got wheels and he made a couple of pretty nice moves,” Vigneault said following Friday’s match. “I thought the young man played a real strong game.”
“He makes good plays, uses his speed well, and possesses good vision. He displays the execution of a pro,” – Rangers Amateur Scout, Daniel Dore
“One thing that's evolved from midget is that he can beat you in multiple ways to score goals. He can deke you with a dazzling goal or beat you straight up with a shot. And one thing that's really evolved in the last few years is his playmaking ability. He's always had great vision and the ability to move the puck and I think it's just going to another level at this point." – Jon Goyens, who coached Duclair in midget Triple-A with the Lac St. Louis Lions in 2010-11 (Source: Montreal Gazette)
FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ANTHONY DUCLAIR
1. His parents, Wendell and Dominique, were born in Haiti
2. His uncle, Farell Duclair, was a fullback in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and won the Grey Cup with the Calgary Stampeders in 1998
3. He began to skate at age 2
4. He played soccer in addition to hockey growing up; committed to only playing hockey at 12 years old
5. His favorite personal moment in sports as a youth was scoring nine goals in one games as a 10-year-old
“He (Duclair) went in traffic, he used his speed, (and) his decision making at the different lines were high-percentage. He made the right plays. He can definitely skate at this level.” – Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault on Anthony Duclair’s first game
“I thought I was (nervous), but I stayed pretty calm. I don’t know how but I just did. I was pretty excited to play here and it went pretty well for me.” – Anthony Duclair on whether he was nervous in his first game
“I felt really calm. It was a good start to our season.” – Brandon Halverson on his first game of the OHL season (Source: Sault Star)
“Going to an NHL camp, you see NHL guys and how they prepare. Even for games or for practice, it’s all the same. To see the pace of that level, it was good to get a taste of it.” – Adam Tambellini on his experience at Rangers Training Camp (Source: Calgary Herald)