Here’s my story from lohud.com:
By Rick Carpiniello
Duclair, 19, made the Rangers roster in training camp and has remained with the team, although he had not played in any of the last three games and has been scratched eight times through 26 games.
If he were to be returned to his junior team in Quebec of the QMJHL, Duclair would be ineligible to return to the NHL this season, and as a junior-eligible teen, Duclair cannot play in the minor leagues. So the Rangers decided to keep him on the roster, though it is possible he could still go back to junior after the upcoming tournament.
That is a decision the team will probably make in January, and it would likely depend on the health and makeup of the forward lines on the roster at that time. Duclair has a goal and six assists in his 18 NHL games.
Duclair has made it clear that he would welcome a chance to represent his country in the tournament, if that’s what the Rangers decided was best. That decision came Tuesday.
The preliminary round of the World Juniors run from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31. Canada plays the United States on New Year’s Eve. The medal round runs through Jan. 5.
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