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SJHN Daily: Duclair Calls Zetterlund His ‘Son’, Demands To Be Moved Up NHL Style Rankings

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What a turnaround for Anthony Duclair.

Mired in an eight-game pointless streak, Duclair led the San Jose Sharks with two goals in a 6-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. He also was not undeserving of an assist on this pass-to-himself that Mikael Granlund scooped up.

Duclair also told The Hockey News that Fabian Zetterlund was “my son” after the win, a joke that speaks to the mentorship role that the veteran winger has taken in the Sharks room.

Duclair Has Taken Bordeleau Under His Wing (+)

This was vintage Duclair, the megawatt-smile 31-goal scorer from two years ago, that the Sharks were hoping that they were getting when they acquired him from the Florida Panthers in the off-season.

So what got Duclair going? Well, you know the cliche of bulletin board material motivating athletes…

Pete Blackburn of the “What Chaos! Show” was trying to give Duclair a compliment recently, noting that he’s frequently “near the top” of Sara Civian‘s NHL Style Rankings. Two lists ago, Duclair came in eighth.

The flashy winger, however, wasn’t having it: “I’ve seen the list, and I’m not taking it seriously unless I’m in the top-two or top-three.”

If that wasn’t clear, Duclair repeated, “I don’t like it. I don’t like it.”

Duclair did share that he’s been getting custom suits from a family friend in Montreal since midget.

Anyway, the day that this interview clip was released, Duclair broke out of his slump in, well, style. Coincidence?

AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…

The San Jose Sharks had their first reunion with Timo Meier and the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. They came out victorious, earning their first road win of the year.

How is Timo Meier doing with the Devils, by the way?

Sharks coach David Quinn believes Fabian Zetterlund and Nikita Okhotuik can be big pieces for San Jose going forward.

Anthony Duclair said that there are going to be teams that are going to take the San Jose Sharks lightly and they are going to have to work hard to prove them wrong.

Mackenzie Blackwood also made his return to New Jersey. He’s been pretty good for San Jose.

IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…

Zetterlund, Blackwood and Okhotiuk said hello to some old friends in New Jersey.

Giving Timo Meier a 70 million extension would’ve been a mistake.

Zetterlund was a Sharkly-dressed man in Devils colors yesterday:

The Sharks may have broken Devils superfan Frank Fleming.

AROUND THE NHL…

A three-game trip to Canada helped the Florida Panthers get back on track.

The Pittsburgh Penguins put together some new lines and pairings, which have worked out well.

Carter Hart has not gotten the goal support he needs with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand is going to have a target on his back against the Toronto Maple Leafs, writes BHN’s Jimmy Murphy.

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin suffered the loss of his unborn baby.

Could the Maple Leafs be in play to acquire Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Tanev?

Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely. In related news, Simon Nemec made his NHL debut.

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