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07-03-2013, 09:24 AM
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hockey365
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Folks should look at this kid's past 3 yrs and not just his draft year. If he had consistant down years, I would be worried as well. But 1 bad year does not make him a bust.

Bantam AA at 14: MVP of his league, led the province in points, goals & +/- (source wikipedia page)

Midget AAA at 15: Rookie of the year, led all rookies in goals & +/-

Major Junior, 1st year: 66 points of which 31 goals and led all rookies with +38. (BTW, same amount of goals as Mackinnon had his 1st year!)

Major Junior 2nd year: Still had over +20 and racked up 50 points in 55 games. For a so called "down year" he still maintained almost a point a game.

I've been watching this kid, since he was 12 yrs old, he's been gritty, fearless, skilled, speedy and has a strong desire to win. He had 1 bad year and seems have learned from it. I expect nothing but the "old self" to come back and to focus on making the Rangers a winning team.

He is the steal of this year's draft, give him time to grow and to mature, and you'll have a Callahan with more speed and skills in your hands.

BTW, Callahan is listed at 5"11, 190lbs!!! Why the knock on this kid's size at 17???? He's 5"11 180lbs. At 16, he began with the Remparts at 159lbs. He gained 20lbs in 1 summer, knowing he was too light, I would think he would gain another 15-20lbs for next season.

I saw his interview, and he's happy to be a NY Rangers and it seems, he does not hide the fact that he had a sub-season and wants to ammend. So, you have someone with character and with the desire to do what it takes to make this team a success.

I know for a fact that this kid does not spend time at home in Montreal in summers, he goes to Toronto and seeks the best trainers to help him get better. So, work ethic is part of his fabric.

Also, I'm of the opinion that this kid's ankle sprain slowed his game down last season. He came back after 5 weeks. Usually, the type of injury that he suffered, takes about 3 months to recover. So, when he came back, it took him another month to adjust and to regain his speed, by then, the rest of the class were way ahead and the season was over.....

Bottom line, I believe you'll get a finished product in Duclair, at 6"0 - 6"1, 210 lbs, by the time he's 21-22 yrs old. Skating speed/agility like Pavel Bure with a Sakic shot and a desire to compete every night. But today, he's 17 yrs old and 10.5 months, one of the babies in this draft, give him a year and we'll reconveine here to discuss

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