Anthony Duclair Looks To Rekindle Magic With Coyotes
Anthony Duclair is looking to rekindle the magic of last season in his return to the Arizona Coyotes.
It’s worth pondering how differently the Arizona Coyotes season might have panned out if Anthony Duclair and Max Domi had improved upon their production from last season. That was precisely what was expected by fans and Coyotes brass, but Domi got hurt in an ill-advised fight and Duclair simply never got the ground.
Without two of their biggest offensive contributors pitching in, and coupled with the regression of Shane Doan, a race to the bottom was inevitable.
Now Duke must show Dave Tippett and John Chayka that he still has the ability to produce in the NHL. He failed to do so earlier this season, and then again failed to do so after being demoted to the AHL.
Tipp didn’t sound confident they would see that, but did say, “We gotta have a look at him. We gotta see where we’re at with him.”
The skill is there. It always has been.
Duclair has speed, a great shot, and he also fires off some nifty passes. We’ve all seen his stick work dangling opposing defenders and goaltenders.
Duke’s problem since he entered in the NHL is that he simply doesn’t shoot the puck enough. With a shot that filthy, he should leave every game with three, four, even five shots on goal. He’s a pure scorer and needs to play as such, but the style he’s shown thus far is passive and it’s hurt his development, not to mention the team.
It may be a confidence issue. Perhaps Duclair doesn’t want to presume he has the right to a handful of shots each night as a sophomore in the league. If that’s the case, Tipp and company need to pull him aside and tell him to fire away.
If he begins to do so, he’s going to score. It’s the waiting for it to click for him that’s the issue.
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