Anthony Duclair Signs With Blue Jackets

Forward Anthony Duclair signed a one year, $650,000 contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blackhawks acquired the 22 year-old in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes along with defenseman Adam Clendening for veteran forward Richard Panik and 23 year-old forward Laurent Dauphin in January.

Although Duclair has not shown much offensive ability over the course of his career, he does provide a spark of speed that any team would want on their offense.

For Columbus, this cheap one-year contract provides a positive risk/reward value.  Duclair has been bigger in the intangibles department over the course of his career, with his best season being the 2015-16 campaign with Arizona, where he tallied 20 goals and 24 assists in 81 games.

The Blackhawks will miss the speed, energy, and depth Duclair brought, even though he only scored two goals and six assists in 23 games.

Since being drafted 80th overall by the Rangers in 2013, this will already be the fourth organization that Duclair will have played for.

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