The famous injury bug that bit the 2012 NHL Draft class with such vigor has claimed it’s first victim of the 2013 group.
Quebec Remparts forward Anthony Duclair will miss significant action after spraining his right ankle in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Val D’Or Foreurs. The good news for Duclair – 27th in Future Considerations September ranking for the 2013 draft – is that he didn’t suffer a fracture.
The injury isn’t one the Remparts aren’t familiar with. It’s similar to the injury suffered by then draft eligible Mikhail Grigorenko at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Grigorenko was rushed back last season.
Head coach Patrick Roy said he expects Duclair back in about a month, though there is no official timetable for his return and the team wont be as urgent to bring back the Montreal, QC product despite needing elements from the 17-year-old’s game.
“Duclair is often the best player on his line, even when playing with Grigorenko,” Future Considerations scout Claudia Fortier said. “They’ll miss his speed and grit in front of the net. He completes Grigorenko really well as the Russian won’t crash the net very often, but Duclair does.”
In four games this season, Duclair has three goals and five points. He found the back of the net 31 times and added 35 assists in 63 games last year.