Quebec Remparts forward and New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair missed the last seven games of the regular season and has not played in the first four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff games due to a concussion sustained Feb. 28.

While sitting in the stands at the most exciting time of the year is obviously frustrating, Duclair has had a season to remember and likely made the Rangers very happy they took the skilled left wing in the third round (No. 80) of the 2013 NHL Draft. After Duclair scored 20 goals and added 30 assists in the 2012-13 season despite missing five-plus weeks with a sprained ankle, he more than doubled his goal total this season with 50 in 59 games; he fell one point shy of 100 points.
"Missing the last seven games of the season because I was there at 99 points and one point shy of 100, so that was pretty frustrating," Duclair said. "Then just watching the boys battle it out from the stands, you want to be down there and now the playoffs being the most exciting time of the year, it's definitely tough to watch from the outside."

Duclair, however, has clearly shown his teammates and the Rangers organization he is committed to improving and reaching his goal of playing in the NHL. Even after a successful draft season, the native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, who played on the AAA midget Lac St-Louis Lions with Halifax Mooseheads star and Tampa Bay Lightning first-round pick Jonathan Drouin, has shown a consistent desire to improve his game and never become complacent.

Ironically, over the past two offseasons -- in which he spent time improving his agility and physical stamina with his uncle and former Canadian Football League player Farell Duclair - Duclair's main objective was to become a better defensive and two-way player. Apparently, that helped his offensive game as well.

"Just like any other season, I didn't really change anything as far as my approach," he said when asked how he was able to go from 20 to 50 goals. "I just wanted to go out and be the hardest-working player in practice and in games on a consistent basis. So just that and then the amount of talent we have on our team and how we gel together out there has helped not just me, but the team.