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Quebec forward Duclair familiar with fitness test

Friday, 05.31.2013 / 7:18 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / Combing the 2013 NHL Combine

TORONTO -- It was a long wait for Quebec Remparts forward Anthony Duclair, but he became the final draft hopeful to complete the fitness testing portion at the NHL Scouting Combine on Friday.

"The excitement builds up to it, but at the same time it's done and it was a pretty good experience," Duclair told NHL.com.

Though the tests can be challenging or unique to some prospects, Duclair had a bit of an advantage; he had gone through a mock test with the same York University professionals. That includes the bike tests, which feature players having their feet duct-taped to the pedals and trainers screaming motivation from their left, right and front.

"I did it with the same staff," Duclair said. "My trainer had contacts. We called them up and we had them scream in my face as well, so it was pretty fun."

Duclair had 20 goals and 30 assists in 58 games with Remparts this season, and added eight points in 11 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff games. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound right wing is No. 57 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft. He met with 11 teams during the Combine and came away with positive feelings heading into the draft June 30.

The only negative for Duclair is knowing he'll have a new coach next season in Quebec, after Patrick Roy was hired to coach the Colorado Avalanche.

"It was a pretty sad moment to see him go," Duclair said. "All the boys loved him, I loved him. He's a pretty passionate coach. We're happy he's moving to Colorado and we wish him the best of luck."

Will Duclair be joining him?

"Doesn't matter at this point," he said. "When you get to the NHL you really don't have any preference. But if I get drafted by Colorado it would be a pretty special moment."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com.

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