2013 FanSided NHL Mock Draft: Flames Select Duclair

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Previously: The Columbus Blue Jackets (Round 1, #27) select Ryan Hartman from Plymouth.

With the 27th-overall selection in the 2013 FanSided NHL Mock Draft the Calgary Flames select, from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, Anthony Duclair.

Born in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Duclair stands at 5-10 and weighs just 150 pounds. If they Flames do actually select Duclair it will be a pick for the future and not short-term. He will need to add 25-30 pounds before he is NHL-ready.

In his second major-junior season, Duclair suited up in 66 games for the Remparts and registered 58 points. He tallied 74 points the year prior in as many games.

Per Hockey Prospectus

Duclair exploded onto the scene in the QMJHL in 2011-12, posting a little over a point per game as a 16-year-old. He followed it up with another quality campaign, despite a drop in his scoring rate. Duclair is a dynamic, exciting player, with high-end skating, if not better. He can be fun to observe because of his great speed, easily turning on the jets and putting defenders on their heels. Combining that skating ability with his great puck skills gives him the flair to create scoring chances and goals out of nothing. He shows the ability to make some quality passes, and although I wouldn’t describe him as selfish, he can try to be too flashy in his rushes. In addition, he sometimes attempts to force passes that are too difficult. Although he shows some decent work ethic in physical battles, he could stand to bulk up a fair amount, and he needs to continue to work on his defensive game.

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