Rangers’ Duclair to play for Canada at World Juniors

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Rangers forward Anthony Duclair may not think he has “much to prove” in junior, but he’ll be suiting up for Team Canada anyway at the upcoming World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal.

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported today that Duclair will be made available to the national team for the tournament that runs Dec. 26 – Jan. 5.

Duclair has played 18 games for the Rangers, scoring once with six assists. However, the 19-year-old has been a healthy scratch the last three games after registering just two assists in all of November (11 games).

The opportunity for Duclair to play a big role on a big stage, against the best junior-aged players in the world, is clearly one the Rangers feel could benefit his development. (More than practicing and sitting in the press box, at least.)

Canada’s selection camp Thursday, at which Duclair will reportedly be in attendance.

Bo Horvat (Vancouver), Curtis Lazar (Ottawa), Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay), and Aaron Ekblad (Florida) are other World Juniors-eligible rookies currently playing in the NHL, but all four have been playing bigger roles for their respective teams than Duclair had been lately.

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