TORONTO – Anthony Duclair admits that his draft year was a disaster. Florida Panthers Jerseys . Injury and inconsistency kept Duclairs numbers down during the 2012-13 season as concerns over his character grew louder and louder. At one point, the Quebec Remparts forward was handed a team suspension over attitude issues. As outlined by Bob McKenzie, scouts were filing reports on Duclair that looked like this: We thought he was selfish with too much me and not enough we in his game, plus he played careful. He didnt want to pay the price against tough competition, but lit up weak teams. Duclair had first-round potential, but fell to the third round finally getting scooped up by the New York Rangers with the 80th pick. I had a bad year all around with distractions off the ice, but I regrouped as a person and matured over the summer, Duclair explained. I looked myself in the mirror and I told myself, I can give much more. And I think hard work paid off for me. Duclair put up 50 goals and 49 assists in 59 games with Quebec last season and then, this fall, put forward an outstanding training camp performance to earn a spot with the Rangers as a 19-year-old. Along the way, he earned the nickname The Duke of Broadway. Duclair started the season hot with one goal and four assists in his first seven games. But recently his game slipped a bit and the Montreal native found himself in the press box as a healthy scratch. The Rangers approached him about the possibility of playing at the world juniors and Duclair let them know he would welcome the opportunity. Duclairs history with Hockey Canada isnt great. He was part of a gold-medal Under-18 team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, but played only a minor role, ultimately becoming the 13th forward by the championship game. He was not invited to last years world junior camp. But Duclair did get an invite to the recent summer evaluation camp and thats when the teams braintrust noticed a change in his personality. He was great with everyone, said Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canadas director of player personnel. He was great within our realm of what we try and do at the summer camp to learn about the players as people and their character. I think maturity is a big part of it, Duclair said. And just staying humble, staying grounded, staying down to earth is really important when things go well. I think I have improved that part of my life. Team Canada head coach Benoit Groulx, also the bench boss with the Gatineau Olympiques, noticed that Duclairs game went to another level after he was left off the Canadian world junior team last year. I got to tell you this, said Groulx, who was an assistant on Brent Sutters world junior staff last year in Malmo, Sweden where Canada finished fourth, last year after Christmas, he was tough to play against. He ended up scoring 50 goals and when you have a 50-goal scorer, whether its in the Quebec league, Ontario league or Western league, you got to respect that. I think Anthony, last year, proved himself. Duclair is now playing a prominent role in Canadas quest to end a five-year gold-medal drought. He is pencilled in as the teams top-line right winger. Well, hes a nice piece for us, especially on the right side where we dont have a lot of natural right wingers, said Jankowski. There is a good chance Duclair will end up playing on the same line as Connor McDavid. I saw him play for the first time in person this summer and the hype is real, Duclair said. This guy is for sure going to be an NHL superstar given his talent, his skill, his vision. His speed is just incredible and at such a young age as well. Its just exciting to watch. Sometimes a player who gets loaned by an NHL team to a junior club has mixed emotions. 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The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia as did seven of his 13 RBIs. Because he has been so prominently associated with performance-enhancing drugs, Braun is jeered wherever. That was the case when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning and hit the go-ahead drive to centre field off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. Jean Seguras two-out single kept the inning going for Braun, who had three hits and three RBIs. "The booing is just part of the territory and I take it as a challenge instead of personally," Braun said. "If I make an out, its going to make them (cheer) but if I get a hit then its going to give me a good feeling. Id rather feel good." Braun and the Brewers were feeling good after raising their record to a league-best 13-5, including 5-1 against the Pirates. "Grillis a tough matchup for anybody and Braunie just crushed that ball," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That was impressive." Grilli wasnt very impressed by himself for giving up Seguras hit on an 0-2 count. "You cant give up a hit in that situation. You either put him away or waste a pitch," Grilli said. "That bothers me more than the home run." Jonathan Lucroy hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Brewers. Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer. Ike Davis doubled, singled and walked in his first game for the Pirates. The first baseman was acquired from the New York Mets iin a trade Friday night. Jason Demers Panthers Jersey Authentic. Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his sixth save in as many opportunities. Braun got the Brewers within a run at 7-6 when he hit a solo homer in the seventh off Tony Watson. Neither starter pitched well. Milwaukees Matt Garza allowed five earned runs in five innings, Wandy Rodriguez gave up four runs in four innings. Clint Barmes and pinch hitter Travis Snider hit consecutive two-run singles to cap a five-run fourth inning that put the Pirates ahead 6-4. Lucroy had an RBI grounder in the fifth to make it a one-run game. Andrew McCutchen made it 7-5 with an RBI double in the Pirates sixth but Braun rallied the Brewers to victory. "Its a game we probably shouldnt have won but good teams find a way to win a game like this and I think were proving to everyone that weve got a pretty good team," Braun said. NOTES: The Pirates designated 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment to clear a roster spot for the addition of Davis, activated C Chris Stewart from the disabled list and optioned C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. . Pittsburgh SS Jordy Mercer did not play because of a sore left ankle. He was injured Friday night when Milwaukee C Martin Maldonado slid into him at second base while trying to break up a double play. INF Clint Barmes started in Mercers place. . Brewers 1B Lyle Overbays three-day paternity leave ends Sunday and he will return to the team for the finale of the four-game series. Milwaukee is likely to place OF Logan Schafer, who has a strained right hamstring, on the 15-day disabled list in order to open a roster spot for Overbay. . Brewers RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 3.06) will face Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (2-1, 4.74) on Sunday. Estrada is 5-0 in his career against the Pirates with a 2.06 ERA in 11 games, including eight starts.724-312-9796 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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