It’s Anthony Duclair’s insane shooting percentage from last season.
We mentioned it multiple times last year, as well as in his player grade after the season. Duke had the hot hand in 2015-16, but we don’t know if that was a fluke or if he truly channels fellow French-Canadian Alex Tanguay in the high career shooting percentage department.
We do know that we have a sample size of 31 games where Duclair has scored just two goals and produced a 5.7% shooting percentage.
If you’re an Arizona Coyotes fan, that’s at least mild cause for concern.
#10 is a third round draft pick who appeared to have been misevaluated by scouts.
His unwillingness to shoot hurts his ability to reach the next level, however.
Last season, we compared Duclair’s tendency to float in and out of games to former Washington Capitals star Alex Semin. The Russian winger also shot a pretty high percentage, but the catch there was Semin shot the puck a lot despite the label he was tagged with.
The question for the Arizona Coyotes is why isn’t Anthony Duclair shooting?
Then, if he doesn’t begin to shoot more often, which shooting percentage is closer to his “norm”?
If he’s closer to the league average shooting percentage of around nine percent, that means he would average about 10 goals per 105 shots instead of the 20 he put up on the same amount of shots last season.
Those numbers are the difference between a good player and a role-player with offensive upside.
Duke has every tool to succeed at a high level in the NHL.
He skates well, has speed, and possesses a filthy wrist shot. He’s very underrated as a playmaker and seemed primed to break out in 2016-17.