Arizona Coyotes Recall Anthony Duclair From AHL
The Duke is back in Glendale as the Arizona Coyotes have recalled forward Anthony Duclair from the Tucson Roadrunners.
Disappointment has been the word of the season for both Anthony Duclair and the Arizona Coyotes.
While the Coyotes languished in the standings, Duclair languished in the lineup.
Finally, in late January he was demoted to the AHL in order to “regain his scoring touch“.
Things didn’t quite pan out like Duke or John Chayka hoped when he joined the Roadrunners. After sixteen games in the AHL, Duclair has managed to score just 1 goal and add in 7 assists. That’s hardly confidence inspiring if you’re Dave Tippett, but it was undoubtedly clear the demotion wasn’t working.
Taking that into consideration, the Yotes have recalled Duclair and will hope for a different result this time around.
Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Anthony Duclair from the Tucson Roadrunners, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
The 21-year-old Duclair has registered 1-7-8 in 16 games with the Roadrunners and collected 3-6-9 in 41 games with the Coyotes this season. Last season, Duclair recorded 20-24-44 in 81 games and his 20 goals were the second-most in a single season by a rookie in Coyotes history. Ducair has tallied 24-36-60 in 140 career games over three seasons with the Coyotes and New York Rangers.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec was originally drafted by the Rangers in the third round (80th overall) in the 2013 Entry Draft and was acquired by the Coyotes on March 1, 2015 along with John Moore, a second round draft choice in 2015 and a first round draft choice in 2016 from the Rangers in exchange for Keith Yandle, Chris Summers and a fourth round draft choice in 2016.
Now that he’s back with Arizona, fans are hoping to see him reunite with a healthy Max Domi. In theory, that’s exactly the deployment Tipp will attempt to roll with. Domi and Duclair were the source of a ton of on-ice magic for the club last season, and it’s conceivable that they can rekindle that success in the final 20 games of this season.
Splitting them up wouldn’t make much sense given the team’s struggles and roster construction. You have to take the synergy where you can get as the roster is shuffled after trading Martin Hanzal and Michael Stone, and no two players have better synergy together than Domi and Duke.
Whatever happens, the Killer D’s are reunited once again.
Let’s hope we see a return to goals like this in the coming weeks.